Senator Jim Oberweis says the Governor’s plan to re-open Illinois is too little, too late, and could very well mean the closing of many local small businesses.
The 25th District Senator says the Governor’s plan for a regional re-opening of the state’s economy does not go far enough to reflect the diverse nature of the state and how communities across Illinois have been affected differently by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our top priority is keeping our citizens safe, but it is well past time that we lawmakers return to Springfield and be allowed to have a say in important decisions that are currently being made solely by the Governor,” Senator Oberweis said. “Suburban and downstate areas must be allowed some input in important legislative issues that need action by lawmakers. Illinois has three branches of government, not one.”
Senator Oberweis said lawmakers must be allowed to participate in putting together a budget that will have significantly reduced tax revenues as a result of this Administration’s stay-at-home orders.
“The Pritzker Administration plan released May 5 needs to be more responsive to regional differences, and the reopening must be accomplished much more quickly, or many small businesses will not make it. Such a plan will be a very important factor in the economic well-being of all Illinois citizens going forward,” Senator Oberweis said. “Why not allow small businesses to operate sooner at reduced capacity and with appropriate social distancing in place? For example, I have suggested to the Governor that we immediately allow restaurants to offer outside table service with no more than two people to a table, except for families, and that the outdoor tables be at least six feet apart. Sunlight kills the COVID-19 virus very quickly so being outdoors is safer than indoor seating. Twenty-eight days is way too long for these key components of our economy and will push many of them out of business.”