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This ordinance requires all employers in the City of Chicago to offer employees the opportunity to earn and accumulate sick time. The ordinance requires employers to provide one hour of sick time for each 30 hours worked, with a cap of 40 accumulated hours for small employers and a cap of 72 hours for all other employers. The ordinance prohibits employers from requiring employees to find a replacement for themselves as a stipulation for using sick time. Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against employees for valid sick time usage. Employers are exempt from this requirement if there is a valid collective bargaining agreement in place or if they offer paid leave that can serve the same purpose as sick days. Employees may receive no reimbursement for sick days upon termination and must provide advanced notice of plans to use sick days to the employer when possible. The ordinance lists several civil penalties for violations of this ordinance.
This ordinance decreases the penalties for a possession of 15 or fewer grams of marijuana. A person found to have 15 grams or fewer of cannabis will be issued a ticket of $250 for a first offense rather than being arrested. The ticket's amount will increase after each offense. Arrests will still be made under certain circumstances such as smoking in public or possession by a person under the age of seventeen.
The ordinance prohibits the investigation, arrest, or detention of an individual based solely on immigration status. The ordinance also prohibits Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents' access to an individual in custody unless it is for a legitimate law enforcement purpose unrelated to the enforcement of civil immigration law.
This ordinance creates the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. The trust is a public-private partnership that uses private investments to pay for public infrastructure projects. The Trust is a non-profit organization that will provide funding and credit support to qualifying city infrastructure projects, attract private investments for these infrastructure project, make grants to qualifying projects, and provide transparency with the infrastructure funding process. The ordinance also creates a board of directors and determines the composition and powers of the board.
This ordinance: establishes municipal licensure program for private businesses and nonprofit organizations; creates license fee to administer program; and requires annual applications for license.
This ordinance amends Section 2-84 of the Chicago Municipal Code, which establishes the Chicago Police Board. This ordinance limits terms on the Board to 10 years during a person's lifetime; authorizes the removal of a Board member by the Mayor for just cause as defined; establishes terms of service for the president and vice president of the Board; requires the secretary to post on the Board website all votes broken down by board member within 10 days of a vote; requires the posting of all findings and decisions, including an explanation of the reasons for such findings and decision, on the Board website; requires that dissenting Board members state the reason for their dissent; requires the secretary to post the reasons for a dissent on the Board website; authorizes the Board to make recommendations to the superintendent of police and to the chairman of the city council committee on public safety concerning revisions in policy and operating procedures; and requires that recommendations be posted on the Board website.
This ordinance requires all large retail employers to provide employees an hourly compensation package with a total value of no less than the sum of the living wage rate and the benefits rate for each hour that the employee works on the premises of a large retailer. Beginning on July 1st, 2007, the living wage rate shall be $9.25 and the benefits rate is $1.50; the two shall increase yearly by the increase in the cost of living. This ordinance also outlines how this will be implemented and enforced, and emphasizes nondiscrimination in carrying these policies out.
This ordinance requires every person who possesses a firearm to notify the police department of the destruction, loss or theft of his or her firearm within 48 hours of when the person knows or should have known. An individual should also notify the department of a sale, transfer, inheritance or other disposition of the firearm within 48 hours. A person who violates this ordinance will be fined between $1,000 and $5,000 and be incarcerated for between 90 and 180 days. In addition, the ordinance requires an individual to report to the police within 72 hours the loss, theft, or destruction of his or her Chicago firearm permit or firearm registration certificate.
This ordinance expands the size limit on community gardens to 25,000 square feet; relaxes fencing and parking requirements on larger commercial urban farms in order to hold down overhead costs for entrepreneurs and community organizations that launch and maintain these enterprises; allows for hydroponic and aquaponic systems and keeping honey bees under set conditions; and creates green jobs and provide fresh produce in communities.
This ordinance requires an owner of a vacant building to register the building with the city within thirty days of the building becoming vacant. The owner must renew this registration every six months until the building is no longer vacant. The registration includes a fee, but the fee does not apply to buildings that are eleemosynary, religious, educational, benevolent, governmental, or charitable non-profits. After registering the building, the owner will permit the city access to it in order to conduct exterior and interior inspections to determine if the building is in compliance with the municipal code. The intention of this ordinance is to reduce the negative effects of blight caused by foreclosed, vacant properties that are often owned by banks or lenders.