Pritzker’s plan to re-open Illinois could be too little, too late

Senator Brian Stewart says the Governor’s plan to re-open Illinois is too little, too late, and could be the end of many small businesses throughout the state.
 
The 45th District Senator says the Governor’s plans for a regional re-opening of the state’s economy does not reflect the diverse nature of the state and how communities across Illinois have been affected differently by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“The Governor continues to make decisions for the entire state based on data from a few regions that have been unfortunately hit hard by this virus. Public health is our priority but a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to government does not work,” Senator Stewart added. “Illinois communities and our citizens are very different depending on what region they are in, so their concerns and needs must be factored in to all decisions. The Governor has unfairly grouped many downstate regions with cities that are COVID-19 hotspots, so this is not a regional opening plan. My office is hearing from our local citizens and community leaders that they are on the brink of financial collapse, and may never recover.”
 
Senator Stewart says it is past time that the lawmakers return to Springfield and be allowed to have a say in these important decisions that are currently being made solely by Pritzker.
 
“The General Assembly must not let important issues slip through the cracks because of ongoing stay-at-home orders. Following public health guidelines, we can return to the Capitol, resume our Constitutional role as the Legislative Branch of government, and do what is needed to get Illinois back on track. We need a spending plan for our state for the next fiscal year, and a course of economic action so citizens will have jobs to return to,” Senator Stewart said.