Measure Giving School Staff Time Off Due to COVID-19 Absences Expected to Receive Pritzker Veto

Measure Giving School Staff Time Off Due to COVID-19 Absences Expected to Receive Pritzker Veto

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It’s expected a measure giving school staff administrative time off for COVID-19 related absences will be vetoed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

House Bill 2778 was sent to the governor Nov. 30. Pritzker has until Jan. 29 to act. He could do nothing or sign the bill and it becomes law.

But, it’s expected he will veto the measure, which would be against the wishes of the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT). IFT’s John Cusick said the measure is imperative.

The measure would apply to school staff, from teachers to bus drivers. Bridget Peach with ED-RED said the bill could run contrary to local labor agreements.

If the measure is vetoed, the Illinois Legislature would have 15 days to override the bill. It passed both chambers with veto-proof majorities.

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