Is Illinois Ready for Paid Parental Leave? Potential Benefits for Individuals, Families, Employers and the State. By: Kramer, Karen Z.; Annes, Jamie; Chemello, Maria; and Park, So Young. 2019. Project for Middle Class Renewal, University of Illinois

Studies on paid parental leave (PPL) in Europe and, more recently, in the United States, suggest that PPL offer many benefits for children and families and even to employers. In this report we suggest that offering PPL to Illinoisans may also benefit the state of Illinois by situating it as the most family-friendly state in the Midwest. We review past research on the benefits of PPL to different stakeholders and suggest that offering PPL to Illinoisans might invigorate Illinois’ population growth by both decreasing the migration of young families out of Illinois and increasing the migration of such families to Illinois.