Sunday, December 10

Paid COVID leave vetoed by Pritzker for school and university employees

Governor JB Pritzker speaks during a news conference on August 26, 2021 in Chicago during which he announced a statewide indoor mask mandate.

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday vetoed a bill that would have provided paid administrative leave to public school and college employees who miss work due to COVID-19-related issues and instead brokered legislation ” commitment” that would provide such a license only to those who are fully vaccinated.

“Vaccines are a vital tool in preventing the deadly effects of COVID-19, and those who take steps to be fully vaccinated against this virus are doing their part to keep everyone safe,” Pritzker said in his veto message. “They deserve to be able to take the time they need to respond to the ongoing devastating impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have on them and their families.”

House Bill 2778 passed the General Assembly during the fall veto session with large bipartisan majorities, 53-1 in the Senate and 92-23 in the House.

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