Village of Northbrook, IL, Opts Back in to Cook County Earned Sick Leave


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By Kelsey Basten

Published on October 16, 2018

On Oct. 9, 2018, the Village of Northbrook, IL, became the most recent municipality to opt back in to the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance (ESL). The Northbrook Board of Trustees made the decision with a 6-1 vote, repealing the initial decision to opt out of the ordinance in early 2017.

Now, starting Jan. 1, 2019, covered employers with employees in Northbrook will be required to comply with the ordinance.


The ESL ordinance, which passed on Oct. 5, 2016, requires covered employers in Cook County to allow eligible employees to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per 12-month period of employment.

Cook County has placed a question on the Nov. 2018 election ballot asking voters if the county ESL requirements should apply in the voter’s municipality. Because of this, many municipalities could see a change in whether they will opt out or in.


The ordinance allows cities to opt out of earned sick leave. As of Oct. 16, 2018, the following municipalities have opted out:

  • Alsip
  • Arlington Heights
  • Barrington
  • Bartlett
  • Bedford Park
  • Bellwood
  • Bensenville
  • Berkeley
  • Blue Island
  • Bridgeview
  • Brookfield
  • Buffalo Grove
  • Burbank
  • Burnham
  • Burr Ridge
  • Calumet City
  • Calumet Park
  • Chicago Heights
  • Chicago Ridge
  • Country Club Hills
  • Crestwood
  • Des Plaines
  • Dixmoor
  • East Dundee
  • East Hazel Crest
  • Elgin
  • Elk Grove Village
  • Elmwood Park
  • Evergreen Park
  • Flossmoor
  • Forest Park
  • Forest View
  • Glenview
  • Glenwood
  • Golf
  • HIllside
  • Hanover Park
  • Harvey
  • Harwood Heights
  • Hazel Crest
  • Hickory Hills
  • Hinsdale
  • Hodgkins
  • Hoffman Estates
  • Homewood
  • Inverness
  • Justice
  • La Grange Park
  • Lansing
  • Lemont
  • Lincolnwood
  • Lynwood
  • Lyons
  • Markham
  • Matteson
  • Maywood
  • Melrose Park
  • Merrionette Park
  • Midlothian
  • Morton Grove
  • Mt Prospect
  • Niles
  • Norridge
  • North Riverside
  • Northlake
  • Oak Forest
  • Oak Lawn
  • Orland Hills
  • Orland Park
  • Palatine
  • Palos Heights
  • Palos Hills
  • Palos Park
  • Park Forest
  • Park Ridge
  • Posen
  • Prospect Heights
  • Richton Park
  • River Forest
  • River Grove
  • Riverdale
  • Riverside
  • Rolling Meadows
  • Roselle
  • Rosemont
  • Sauk Village
  • Schaumburg
  • Schiller Park
  • South Barrington
  • South Chicago Heights
  • South Holland
  • Steger
  • Stickney
  • Stone Park
  • Streamwood
  • Summit
  • Thornton
  • Tinley Park
  • Westchester
  • Wheeling
  • Willow Springs
  • Worth

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