In the wake of strong opposition by the Illinois Senate and House Republican Caucuses on behalf of their constituents, Governor J. B. Pritzker is withdrawing a rule he submitted May 15 that would have made criminals of business owners.
Republican legislative leaders Senator Bill Brady and Representative Jim Durkin sent a strongly-worded statement Wednesday morning (seen below) before a meeting of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which was to take action on the rule. The two leaders called the Governor’s Emergency Order “… a vast government overreach at a time when business owners are doing everything they can to stay afloat.”
Senator Jim Oberweis credits a groundswell of opposition throughout Illinois as a driving force to stop Pritzker’s rule.
“The citizens of Illinois have sent a strong message to the Governor that they want their voices heard through their lawmakers, who are duly elected to represent them in the decisions that affect the entire state. They want suburban and downstate input, instead of mandates handed down by the Governor determined by Chicago data,” Senator Oberweis said. “Thank you to all the citizens who took the time to weigh in on this issue. Your actions made the difference!”
The 25th District Senator says all lawmakers must also have much more input into fiscal decisions, for the current Fiscal Year and for Fiscal Year 2021, that are needed to address staggering state revenue shortfalls that are the result of back-to-back stay-at-home government-ordered shutdowns that have also cut deeply into many residents’ income earnings.
“The Governor’s office should not be allowed to simply rely on federal tax revenues to help shore up the economic disaster he helped create by shutting the state down so completely for more than two months,” Senator Oberweis said. “He needs to be held accountable for his actions and the terrible economic aftermath that could result.”
Senator Oberweis says he hopes that Illinois’ Legislative Branch will also be allowed as much input as the state’s Executive Branch in a re-opening plan for the state that aims to balance public safety concerns with the economic well-being of Illinois.
“Lawmakers are in Springfield this week, so what better time to improve on the re-opening plan with input by lawmakers from ALL regions of our state, instead of decisions made solely by the Executive Branch,” Senator Oberweis said. “Illinois has three branches of government, not just one.”