Cook County Ordinances

With leadership from Arise Chicago and partner organizations, Cook County passed paid sick days and minimum wage ordinances in October 2016. Tragically, some municipalities voted to take these rights away in 2017. Arise led the defense of both ordinances in 2017. Beginning in 2018, and continued in 2019, Arise is organizing resident committees in a new wave of "opt-in" suburban organizing.

The following municipalities are covered by the Cook County Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage ordinances*:

  1. Barrington Hills
  2. Berwyn
  3. Countryside
  4. Deerfield
  5. Dolton
  6. Evanston
  7. Glencoe
  8. Glenview
  9. Kenilworth
  10. McCook
  11. Oak Park
  12. Oak Brook
  13. Phoenix
  14. Skokie
  15. University Park
  16. Western Springs
  17. Wilmette
  18. Winnetka

These municipalities opted out of one of the two ordinances.

  1. Cicero (Kept Earned Sick Leave)
  2. Northbrook (Kept Earned Sick Leave)
  3. Northfield (Kept Minimum Wage)

If your community is interested in launching an opt-in campaign to bring back worker protections, contact Arise Chicago.

*This list was compiled with information accessible to the best of our abilities as of February 2019 and should not be used as a legal reference. To confirm if a specific municipality is abiding by county law, please contact the local village hall.

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