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 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.

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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