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Twenty-eight chambers of commerce and place-based organizations sent a letter to Chicago City Council members asking them to refrain from passing the Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave ordinance without changes that will protect local businesses and communities.

A letter was sent to Chicago City Council asking to refrain from passing the Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance without safeguards.

Chicago small businesses have faced many challenges over the past several years and encountered numerous obstacles while attempting to recover from the devastating pandemic. Disinvested communities continue struggling to fill vacant storefronts, attract businesses, and foster economic development. We ask that you refrain from passing the Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance without the addition of appropriate safeguards, given the immense challenges facing local businesses and communities. As it stands right now, the ordinance will hurt our small businesses and cause immense harm to the disinvested communities City Council should be supporting.

The ordinance which just passed the Committee on Workforce Development punishes small businesses that make mistakes by imposing crushing penalties that can force a business to close or greatly curtail operations. These penalties will have an even more profound impact on minority-owned businesses in disadvantaged communities without the financing to sustain these penalties. We are asking that a cure period be added to this ordinance so that businesses can correct mistakes before being destroyed by these penalties.

We are also asking that parts of the ordinance be deferred for a reasonable period so that businesses can comply. Small businesses should be afforded space to comply with record-keeping and notice requirements. There seems no way many small businesses and non-profits can navigate the requirements of this ordinance and be compliant by the end of the year. This will result in penalties which small businesses cannot afford.

We appreciate your efforts to protect Chicago workers. Please also protect the local businesses that play a crucial role in supporting our communities and the Chicago economy. Please do not vote to pass this ordinance until we have the opportunity to work together and make crucial changes to protect our businesses and communities.



51st Street Business Association
Andersonville Chamber of Commerce
Austin African American Business Networking Association
Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce
Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce
Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce
Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship
Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce
Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce
Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce
Lawndale Christian Development Corporation
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
Logan Square Chamber of Commerce
Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association
National Association of Woman Business Owners
North Lawndale Chamber of Commerce
Northwest Side CDC
Portage Park Chamber of Commerce
Quad Communities Development Corporation
Rogers Park Business Alliance
Six Corners Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Advocacy Council
South East Chicago Commission
South Shore Chamber of Commerce
Uptown Chamber of Commerce
Washington Park Chamber of Commerce
Woodlawn Chamber of Commerce