Bran­don John­son secures anoth­er win for lib­er­al agen­da in Chica­go

Chica­go May­or Bran­don John­son secured a win against big busi­ness on Thurs­day after the City Coun­cil vot­ed to increase paid time off, the lat­est step in the pro­gres­sive may­or’s lib­er­al agen­da since he took office in May.
The City Coun­cil vot­ed 36–12 in favor of an ordi­nance that dou­bles Chicago’s cur­rent paid leave man­date to 10 days over the objec­tions of sev­er­al orga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent­ing hos­pi­tals and hotels.
John­son said at a news con­fer­ence after the vote that the pas­sage of the increased paid leave stands was “a val­ue state­ment that says that here in Chica­go, we believe that every­one deserves the oppor­tu­ni­ty to take care of them­selves, their loved ones, to do it with­out the bur­den of finan­cial insta­bil­i­ty.”
“We are enact­ing pro­gres­sive poli­cies that will ulti­mate­ly attract the best tal­ent, because we are unlock­ing Chicago’s great­est poten­tial,” the Demo­c­ra­t­ic may­or said, accord­ing to the Chica­go Tri­bune. “Our great­est poten­tial is peo­ple.”
Along with 10 days of sick leave, the ordi­nance exempts small busi­ness­es from hav­ing to pay out unused paid time off to exit­ing employ­ees and delays the date when work­ers could …