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County workers: Heavy on the sick days

Cook County workers take nearly twice as much paid sick leave as other state and local government workers across the country., according to statistics compiled by the county.

That's according to statistics compiled by the county and reported by the Chicago News Cooperative today.

The county says for the latest full fiscal year employees averaged 6.64 hours of paid sick leave a month, compared with a nationwide average of 3.6 hours a month for state and local government workers reported by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The most sick time — 8.05 hours a month — was taken by workers in the county assessor's office.

Sick time levels were down only .04 hours on average from 2010, after the new county board president, Toni Preckwinkle, took office.

An aide to Preckwinkle said officials don't know whether county workers here are more prone to illness, or whether they're taking advantage of the system.

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