CHICAGO—The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has issued the following statement related to Cook County’s mandated paid sick leave that passed the Cook County Board today: 

“The Cook County Board’s decision to pass paid sick leave today is just the latest unaffordable mandate that will have unintended casualties on the business community. Employers cannot provide jobs, pay the wages and invest in local communities while the city and now the county continue to make it harder for businesses to be successful. The Chamber has provided reasonable suggestions to make the ordinance business friendly without changing the substantive benefits. This ordinance, however, does nothing to help the shared goal of local economic development and instead of creating jobs, hours will be cut and employment opportunities will disappear,” said Theresa E. Mintle, president and CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Just last week, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce established the Neighborhood Small Business Committee aimed at allowing employers to address concerns about policies that make it difficult for them to conduct business in the city and county, while also contributing proactive policy ideas to help jump-start the local economy. 

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