By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Governor Pritzker, pictured above at the Gold Star Mother’s Luncheon in late 2019, Public Domain license, created by Lt. Col. Bradford Leighton. Pritzker has been quite vocal of his reluctance to open Illinois fully despite the fact that the state is on the right track to move to phase 4.
Chicago is on track for the phase four reopening process to commence in June. Chicago is reportedly moving at the same pace as the rest of the state of Illinois in its reopening phasing. Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced that Illinois is on the right track to move the restrictions early but he won’t move the restrictions. This is despite pressures from his political opponents. This was reported by WTTW PBS as early as June 10.
“We continue to hear from our constituents, those not protesting but who remain worried their businesses, their livelihoods and their communities remain at continued economic risk due to the restrictions in place resulting from COVID-19. It is time to move Illinois into Phase 4,” said Illinois Senator Bill Brandy in a tweet that was posted at 10:57 am on June 10.
Senator Brandy was one of the signatures on an open letter addressed to Governor Pritzker. This letter was shared to the public in the same post that announced it was “time to move Illinois into Phase 4.
Governor Pritkzer’s response to this petition was that politics should be left out of public health decisions.
“This pandemic, this COVID-19 isn’t like anything anyone has ever seen or knew how to deal with when it hit all 50 states. In Illinois, what we’ve done the right way is to rely upon the data, rely upon the science, and rely upon the experts. You wouldn’t want political decisions made about public health,” said Pritzker at a press conference on Wednesday, June 16, as he was quoted by WTTW PBS.
Pritzker defended his rhetoric regarding Illinois’ restrictions via his Twitter.
“You wouldn’t drive without a seatbelt or play football without a helmet. So when you go out, don’t forget your mask. Small steps can go a long way in keeping us all safe. #AllInIllinois,” said Pritzker, in a tweet that was posted at 12:30 pm on June 16.
Likewise, despite his appeal that politics should be left out of public health, Governor Pritkzer made a point of calling out U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as well. He shared an article by The Hill which alleges that Mr. Pence has urged the U.S. governors to “downplay” the community spread of coronavirus.
“Thanks, but no thanks, Mr. Vice President.
I’ll stick to the truth: covid-19 is still out there, and because we’re remaining vigilant, Illinois is seeing the largest decrease in new cases in the nation,” said Pritzker in direct response to this article, which he shared via his Twitter. The tweet was posted at 1:30pm on June 16.
Governor Pritzker also took the opportunity to sign legislation to encourage vote by mail and promote “safe participation” in 2020’s general election. He stated this within the last 24 hours via his Twitter. Governor Pritzker also focused on expanding the horizons of COVID-19 need-generated grant programs. He spoke much of Illinoisans increasing eligibility for these programs, via his official Twitter, within the last 24 hours.