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Cook County Mandates Paid Sick Time Over Business Opposition

The Cook County Board approved an ordinance Wednesday that would mandate up to five paid sick days a year for employees, depending on how many hours they work.

Business groups say sick time should be set by employers and that the new law, which matches a law passed by the city of Chicago earlier this year, is hostile to business.

But supporters of the measure and commissioners who voted in favor of it say it will provide paid sick time to hundreds of thousands of workers who currently get none.

Joining Chicago Tonight to discuss the new law are Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, one of the ordinance’s co-sponsors; and Tanya Triche, vice president and general counsel for the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

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