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    Pritzker moves to require paid sick leave during coronavirus outbreak

    The governor also strongly hints he'll act soon to shut large sports venues until the pandemic abates.

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    Gov. J.B. Pritzker today moved to allow people who have to skip work because they have coronavirus to collect some pay, even if their job doesn’t come with paid sick leave.

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    In a statement that came shortly after he hinted at a press conference that he was preparing to act, the governor said he’s filing emergency rules that will allow those who are unemployed because they are sick to collect unemployment insurance, “to the full extent permitted by federal law.”

    79彩票注册网址“The state of Illinois faces unique challenges as we work to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19,” said Pritzker. “To protect people across the state, it’s imperative that all workers stay home if they’re feeling sick or have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19. In order to overcome the unique challenges we’re facing, we’ve had to come up with innovative solutions and hope the federal government will support this endeavor as we continue to grapple with this public health crisis.”

    Pritkzer said he’s also asking Congress to waive interest on any federal loans Illinois may need to shore up its unemployment insurance trust fund, which will be the source of the new aid.

    79彩票注册网址At the press conference earlier this afternoon, Pritzker also suggested major sports venues are facing a rising chance that they’ll have to close to the public, at least until the threat has passed.

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    Pritzker long has been an advocate of requiring employers to offer a certain amount of paid sick leave, but the issue has become much more acute at a time when the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, and scores of events including Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade have been canceled.

    79彩票注册网址On sports venues, Pritzker—on a day when the state’s total count of those confirmed infected rose six to a total of 25—said he’s made no final decision but strongly suggested one is coming soon.

    79彩票注册网址Noting that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has urged limits on gatherings over more than 250 people, Pritzker said both he and Mayor Lori Lightfoot have begun talking to owners of teams such as the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox and will continue to do so.

    79彩票注册网址What officials want is to “maximize protection while doing the least damage” to the franchises, venues and their employees, many of them relatively low-income service workers, Pritzker said.

    However, he added, public safety is “the top priority. . . .Even if you are young and healthy” you can carry the virus and infect less healthy neighbors and friends.

    Pritzker notably praised Lightfoot’s decision to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day parade, terming it a “tough call, and the right call.”

    79彩票注册网址At his media briefing, Pritzker unloaded on the response to the pandemic by the Trump administration and President Donald Trump in particular.

    “When he shows up at the CDC wearing a MAGA hat, he’s not taken seriously,” said Pritzker, a Democrat who has clashed with Republican Trump but rarely this strongly. Despite repeated promises from Washington, Illinois still isn’t getting enough virus test kits and related material to really do a solid preventive job, Pritzker said.

    Pritzker said he personally tried phoning “very senior people” in Washington to speed things up, but has not received calls back. The situation would be much improved “if you had a leader who insisted on getting this done and kits out.”

    79彩票注册网址In related developments, the Illinois General Assembly canceled its sessions next week, citing the virus. Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden rescheduled a rally in Chicago set for the end of the week. And State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, trying to fight off a vigorous attack in next week’s Democratic primary, said she’s canceled and cut back on public events on her schedule.

    At a City Hall press conference this morning, city and county elected officials and unions called for the state to pass more stringent protections—up to 15 days paid sick leave so that employees could safely quarantine. The city of Chicago requires employers to let workers accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked that can be used when an employee or family member is ill. A handful of suburbs also have paid leave requirements, but activists wanted to see protections expanded and offered statewide.

    "Hand sanitizer is not enough, we need paid sick days," said Zach Koutsky, the legislative director for UFCW Local 881. He said he hoped for speedy passage of a new version of, which had failed to clear the General Assembly for three years. But those negotiations are impossible with session being canceled.

    A.D. Quig contributed.

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