Local Issues

IHA’s advocacy reach extends to the local level, where policy decisions by government leaders impact patients in the communities where they live. IHA urges local governments to invest in healthcare.

  • Chicago
  • Cook County
Jun 19, 2020

Further Delay: Chicago Requirement on Nonprofits to Register as Lobbyists

The City of Chicago has delayed the implementation of new registration requirements on nonprofit lobbyists until Jan. 1, 2021.
Dec 21, 2019

Three-Month Delay: Chicago Requirement on Nonprofits to Register as Lobbyists

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has issued a three-month delay in the implementation of new registration requirements on nonprofit lobbyists.

Dec 16, 2019

City of Chicago Ordinance Requires Nonprofits to Register as Lobbyists

An ordinance passed by the Chicago City Council, effective Jan. 1, 2020, imposes new registration requirements on nonprofit lobbyists.

Aug 14, 2019

IHA Summary: Key Requirements of Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance

On July 24, the Chicago City Council voted 50-0 to approve the “Fair Workweek” Ordinance. 

Jul 23, 2019

IHA Withdraws Opposition to Negotiated “Fair Workweek” Ordinance

As a result of intense discussions and negotiations with the Mayor, many critical revisions sought by IHA are included in the “Fair Workweek” ordinance proposal.

Jul 19, 2019

Urge Aldermen to Include IHA’s Changes to Substitute Fair Workweek Ordinance & Oppose as Drafted

IHA opposes the substitute ordinance as currently drafted and is seeking critical changes to the ordinance.

Jul 19, 2019

Chicago Tribune Editorial: Soften the blow to Chicago employers, Mayor Lightfoot

This editorial focuses on the Chicago “Fair Workweek” Ordinance proposal.

Jul 18, 2019

IHA’s Recommended Revisions to Substitute “Fair Workweek” Ordinance Proposal

IHA submitted detailed comments and suggested changes to the July 17 Draft Substitute Ordinance to the Mayor’s Office.

Jul 16, 2019

IHA Alert: Oppose Restrictive Scheduling Ordinance as Drafted, Support IHA’s Recommended Changes

The Chicago City Council’s Workforce Development Committee is expected to vote on the ordinance on Monday, July 22.

Jun 26, 2019

IHA Update on Chicago Work Scheduling Ordinance

IHA is continuing to aggressively advocate for hospitals to be entirely exempt from the “Fair Workweek” ordinance proposal.

Jun 24, 2019

Fact Sheet: Mitigate the Harm to Healthcare from the Chicago Workweek Scheduling Mandate

IHA recommends essential changes to the proposed Fair Workweek Ordinance.

Jun 11, 2019

Coalition of Employers, Job Creators Call on Aldermen To Compromise on Restrictive Scheduling Ordin

A proposed Chicago ordinance would penalize employers for making changes to workers’ schedules without at least two weeks’ notice. The Work Your Way coalition has proposed a series of compromises.

Jun 06, 2019

IHA Alert: Urge Aldermen to Exclude Hospitals from Restrictive Scheduling Ordinance

The Chicago City Council’s Committee on Workforce Development will hold a hearing on the “Fair Workweek” ordinance on June 10.

Jun 05, 2019

IHA Fact Sheet: Protect Hospital Patients From Work Week Scheduling Mandate

Every day hospitals are on the front line fighting violence, trauma, and disease. They need flexibility to be able to staff adequately based on patients’ needs.

Jun 05, 2019

IHA Letter to Chicago City Council Committee on Workforce Development

In this letter, IHA urges the Committee to exempt hospitals from the “Fair Workweek” Ordinance proposal.

May 28, 2019

Hospital Leaders’ Letter to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot re: Fair Workweek Ordinance Proposal

This letter from IHA and two dozen Chicago hospital leaders urges the Mayor to exempt hospitals from the ordinance.

Mar 29, 2019

Oppose Any Work Scheduling Ordinance Proposal that Includes Hospitals

The Chicago City Council is expected to consider a restrictive scheduling ordinance proposal (known as the “Fair Workweek” ordinance) at its April 10 meeting.

Dec 11, 2017

Paid Sick Leave Rules

IHA's offered several suggestions on the City of Chicago's proposed paid sick leave rules in a comment letter to the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

Dec 11, 2017

Community Benefits

Non-profit hospitals in Chicago provide approximately $1.81 billion in community benefits a year, with $221 million for education, $220 million for charity care and $120 million for research.

Dec 11, 2017

Chicago Profile Fact Sheet

The 41 hospitals in Chicago handle 368,581 inpatient admissions and 7.4 million outpatient visits in a year. Together they have an economic impact of $26.5 billion and provide 139,462 jobs.

Nov 01, 2017

Chicago FY2018 Budget

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed $8.58 billion budget for FY2018 did not raise general citywide taxes or fees but included an increase on 9-1-1 fees on wireless and landline connections.

Jul 31, 2017

Chicago and Cook County Legislative Updates

IHA is tracking proposed Chicago City Council ordinances, including pharmacy work rules, workweek mandates impacting hospital scheduling and Cook County Medical Examiner fee increases.

Feb 26, 2020

March 30 Flexible Housing Pool Webinar

IHA is hosting a webinar on Mon., March 30, from 10-11 a.m. for hospitals and health systems in Cook County to learn more about the Chicago and Cook County Flexible Housing Pool.

Dec 11, 2017

Sick Leave Ordinance Comment Letter

In a comment letter to the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, IHA outlines how the county's earned sick leave ordinance would impact hospitals and healthcare workers.

Dec 11, 2017

Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Opt-Outs

More than 80 municipalities have opted out of Cook County ordinances mandating paid sick leave and a $10-an-hour minimum wage. See a list of these municipalities.

Dec 11, 2017

Cook County Profile Fact Sheet

The 73 hospitals in Cook County handle 720,951 inpatient admissions and 15.6 million outpatient visits in a year. They have a combined economic impact of $46 billion and provide 250,161 jobs.

Dec 11, 2017

Community Benefits

Non-profit hospitals in Cook County provide $3 billion in community benefits a year. Of that amount, $371 million is for education, $341 million is for charity care and $130 million is for research.

Local Advocacy Agenda

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IHA's Local Advocacy Agenda covers the key policy issues common to communities across Illinois: access to care and coverage, adequate healthcare funding, and support for hospitals to address community needs.

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