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Quinn Continues Push for Paid Sick Days
Gov. Pat Quinn is continuing his push to make a requirement that all Illinois workers have access to paid sick days.
Quinn first talked about the idea during his State of the State address in January. According to his office, 43 percent of all workers in Illinois, which is a little more than 2.5 million people, don't get earned sick days.
The governor said he's currently working on the bill, which would give workers two sick days per year. It's not done yet, but apparently it wouldn't matter if the employee is full- or part-time. The sick days would be earned based on hours worked.
"I really feel we have to be a lot more humane, and our proposal of sick days, two earned sick days per year for folks who work hard, I think that's pretty reasonable," Quinn said. "And I think that's really in the interest of all to have a healthy society, and it's important I think that we move that bill forward."
Quinn has kept fairly mum on what he will include in his budget address in March. The biggest issue with the budget may be what to do about the income tax rates. We asked Quinn today if he would be pushing for a switch to a progressive tax this spring. The governor told us he believes in taxes being based on ability to pay, and that he will talk about that next month, when he has his budget.
Quinn's budget address had been scheduled for February 19, but he asked lawmakers to delay it until March 26 to give him more time to put together a five-year budget forecast.
The new date also happens to be after the March primary election.