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File #: 20-3460    Version: Name: JUNETEENTH RECOGNIZED AS A COOK COUNTY HOLIDAY
Type: Ordinance Amendment Status: Approved
File created: 7/24/2020 In control: Rules and Administration Committee
On agenda: 7/30/2020 Final action: 12/17/2020
Title: PROPOSED SUBSTITUTE TO FILE 20-3460 (Rules and Administration Committee 12/16/2020) Sponsored by: STANLEY MOORE, DENNIS DEER, ALMA E. ANAYA, LUIS ARROYO JR, SCOTT R. BRITTON, JOHN P. DALEY, BRIDGET DEGNEN, BRANDON JOHNSON, BILL LOWRY, KEVIN B. MORRISON, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN, DONNA MILLER, AND FRANK J. AGUILAR, Cook County Board of Commissioners PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT JUNETEENTH RECOGNIZED AS A COOK COUNTY HOLIDAY WHEREAS, On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation; and WHEREAS, The Emancipation Proclamation established that all enslaved people in Confederate states and against the Union shall be set free from slavery; and WHEREAS, Many slave owners in the state of Texas did not release their slaves; and WHEREAS, On June 19th, 1865, General Gordan Grainger and his troops made their way to Galveston, Texas after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee on Appomattox, Virginia. Upon General Grainger's arrival in Texas soil, he ...
Sponsors: STANLEY MOORE, DENNIS DEER, ALMA E. ANAYA, LUIS ARROYO JR, SCOTT R. BRITTON, BRIDGET DEGNEN, BRANDON JOHNSON, BILL LOWRY, KEVIN B. MORRISON, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN, DONNA MILLER, FRANK J. AGUILAR, JOHN P. DALEY, SEAN M. MORRISON

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PROPOSED SUBSTITUTE TO FILE 20-3460

  (Rules and Administration Committee 12/16/2020)

 

Sponsored by: STANLEY MOORE, DENNIS DEER, ALMA E. ANAYA, LUIS ARROYO JR, SCOTT

R. BRITTON, JOHN P. DALEY, BRIDGET DEGNEN, BRANDON JOHNSON, BILL LOWRY, KEVIN B. MORRISON, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN, DONNA MILLER, AND FRANK J. AGUILAR, Cook County Board of Commissioners

 

PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

 

JUNETEENTH RECOGNIZED AS A COOK COUNTY HOLIDAY

 

WHEREAS, On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation; and

 

WHEREAS, The Emancipation Proclamation established that all enslaved people in Confederate states and against the Union shall be set free from slavery; and

 

WHEREAS, Many slave owners in the state of Texas did not release their slaves; and

 

WHEREAS, On June 19th, 1865, General Gordan Grainger and his troops made their way to Galveston, Texas after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee on Appomattox, Virginia. Upon General Grainger’s arrival in Texas soil, he issued Generals Order No. 3; and

 

WHEREAS, This order officially declared the immediate release and freedom of the remainder of slaves located in Texas; and

 

WHEREAS, Slaves that were forcefully held captive for almost three years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued were finally pronounced freemen; and

 

WHEREAS, In 1866, freedmen in Texas organized the first of what became the annual celebration of "Jubilee Day" on June 19. In the ensuing decades, Juneteenth commemorations featured music, ethnic cuisines, prayer services, and other activities; and

 

WHEREAS, The last of the people, that were freed from slavery in Texas, made it a custom to go back to Galveston to celebrate their freedom. These former slaves pioneered and spread the celebration of Juneteenth throughout the entirety of the United States; and

 

WHEREAS, Although slaves were considered freemen, they continued to receive harsh treatment and were discriminated against by a large population of America; and

 

WHEREAS, Jim Crow Laws were placed to enforce the racial segregation of African-Americans and were often barred from participating in the celebration of Juneteenth; and

 

WHEREAS, This led to the eventual purchase of private lands, such as Emancipation Park in Houston, Texas and the Booker T. Washington Park in Mexia, Texas, for individuals to celebrate Juneteenth; and

 

WHEREAS, June 19, is now officially recognized as a ceremonial holiday in forty-seven of the fifty states, with Texas being the first to declare Juneteenth a state holiday in 1980; and

 

WHEREAS, Today, the celebration of Juneteenth is stronger than ever before, as it has been fueled by the unfortunate, but extremely impactful deaths of African-Americans, such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless more victims; and

 

WHEREAS, Slavery has had brutal impacts on African-Americans and their families including but not limited to disparities in economics, healthcare, housing, the pursuit of happiness, education, and the social determinants of health; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, by Cook County, President, and Board of Commissioners shall promote Juneteenth as a day of education partnering with organizations and communities to celebrate contribution of the many African Americans from the past and today whose families were liberated, thereby allowing them to be free today; and

 

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, that Chapter 44 HUMAN RESOURCES, ARTICLE III. VACATION AND SICK LEAVE, SEC. 44.92 of the  Cook County Code is hereby amended as follows:

 

Sec. 44.92. Designation of Holidays

 

(a)                     The following days are hereby declared holidays, either mandatory or optional, except in emergency and for necessary operations, for all salaried County officers and employees in the County offices, departments, or institutions:

 

(1)                     New Year’s Eve Day, January 1.

(2)                     Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Third Monday in January.

(2)(3) Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12. - optional

(3)(4) Washington’s Birthday, Third Monday in February 22.

(5)                      Good Friday, Last Friday before Easter. Casimir Pulaski's Birthday, First  Monday in March.

(6)                     Memorial Day, Last Monday in May 30. (7) Juneteenth, June 19. - optional

(7)(8) Independence Day, July 4.

(8)(9) Labor Day, First Monday of in September.

(9)(10) Columbus Day, Second Monday in October.12. - optional (10)

(11) Veterans’ Day, November 11.

(11)(12) Thanksgiving Day, The day appointed by the Governor, or by the President of the United States Fourth Thursday in November.

(12)(13) Christmas Day, December 25.

(14) Floating Holiday. - Employees may choose any day, with prior departmental approval, to use as their floating holiday

(b)                     It is the intent of the County Board that all salaried Cook County employees be granted 11 14 holidays, including a floating holiday, or equivalent paid days off per year. The 13 holidays include a choice of which 3 out of the 4 optional holidays listed above they choose to take.

 

(c)                     Should a certain holiday fall on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be set as the holiday should a certain holiday fall on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be set as the holiday.

 

(d)                     In addition to the above, any other day or part of a days shall be considered a holiday when so designated by the County Board.

 

Effective date: This ordinance shall be in effect immediately upon adoption.