Cook County offers its employees a generous health insurance program that includes medical, dental and eye care for you and your family. Employees can select from a wide variety of programs that cover the health needs of both you and your family, from HMO’s to PPO’s. Please visit Cook County Risk Management’s webpage for the latest information about employee benefits:

Cook County Pension Fund

The Cook County Pension Fund provides retirement, survivor, retiree health, and disability benefits to employees and retirees of Cook County and its Forest Preserve District.  We are committed to exceptional member service alongside effective management of the Fund’s assets to support member benefits.

Contact us through this website or call our office at (312) 603-1200 for more information.
Click here for more information about planning for retirement.

Deferred Compensation

Nationwide Retirement Solutions (Deferred Compensation)
(855) 457-COOK
(855) 457-2665

Holidays, Vacations & Sick Accruals

  • New Year’s Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Lincoln’s Birthday
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Independence Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • Plus 1 Floating Holiday
    • (Must be on the payroll at the beginning of the Fiscal Year (12/01) and be used by the end of the Fiscal Year (11/30)

Most of our employees receive 11 paid holidays each year, plus one floating holiday. Employees also receive twelve sick days. Vacation starts at 15 days for most new employees and increases with years of service.

Skilled trades have different benefit time accruals, however, they are very competitive when compared with other employers.

Basic Term Life Insurance

Cook County insures the life of each employee for an amount equal to your annual salary. Plus, you have the option to elect for additional term insurance at affordable rates.

Learn more about Cook County’s Benefits and Insurance Programs from the Department of Risk Management at (312) 603-6422 or online at

Family Leave for Special Needs

Cook County is committed to supporting employees and their families, particularly when workers require time off to handle the added responsibilities of new arrivals or a family illness. Employees can also take a family leave for a serious health condition or to care for a spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent. Cook County will pay its share of health insurance premiums while you’re on leave.

Parental Leave

Employees expecting a child have several leave options:

  • Paid leave using accrued sick, vacation, or compensatory time.
  • Unpaid parental leave.
  • Ordinary disability benefits for partially paid leave for eligible employees.
  • Unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Employee Assistance Program

We all need a helping hand sometimes, whether that means advice about daycare or elder care or information about depression or substance abuse. All County employees and their family members have access to the Cook County’s Employee Assistance Program, which provides free, confidential, voluntary assistance for many types of personal problems. Call (312) 603-1290 for more information.

Benefits Package Specific to Nurses

  • Bachelors of Nursing Degree incentives (additional $40.00 per month flat rate). Must Complete a DBA Form, please see your Recruitment & Selection Analyst for more details.
  • Evenings, Nights, & Weekends Shift Differentials
  • 100% Tuition Reimbursement (Must be a Bachelor’s of Nursing Degree only) during employment with CCHHS

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