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I am deeply touched and inspired by the stories submitted by Illinois residents regarding the need to ensure that all workers have access to paid sick leave.  I could not agree more with the MomsRising Member who wrote, 'paid sick days are not a choice - they are a necessity.'

Paid sick leave not only allows families to make medical decisions without concern for losing time on the job,  it also gives much needed peace of mind to parents who already have so much to worry about.  I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Healthy Families Act which addresses this serious public and family health issue.


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