- Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 06:45 PM
SPRINGFIELD – Currently, nearly 45 percent of private sector workers in Illinois do not receive a single paid sick day. For these workers, it can only take one life event, whether it be a car accident, a sick child or a family emergency, to cause long-term financial pain and in some cases even job loss.
In response to this reality, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) passed a proposal out of the Senate Labor Committee this morning that would make Illinois the eighth state in the nation to require some form of paid sick time.
“Nearly every industrialized country acknowledges that a healthier workforce is better for families and businesses alike,” Hutchinson said. “With increased inaction in Washington, it is important now more than ever for states like Illinois to step up and advance common-sense policies that protect families.”