In the wake of strong opposition by 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 Governorâ€™s Emergency Order â€œ... a vast government overreach at a time when business owners are doing everything they can to stay afloat.â€
Senator Chuck Weaver credits a groundswell of opposition throughout Illinois as a driving force to stop Pritzkerâ€™s rule.
â€œToday we saw an important example why it is important that citizens make their voices heard. Citizens stepped up and forced the Governor to withdraw his over-reaching rule today. To change our state, we must continue to be active and engaged in our government,â€ Senator Weaver said. â€œWe would like to thank all of you for your overwhelming number of phone calls and e-mails. But we would also like to warn you that this may not be over. The Governor might try to make the same changes legislatively.â€
Senator Weaver also asks residents to stay involved, keep an eye on the law-making process, and continue to let lawmakers know what they think.
â€œIt is important you do no let up. As Illinoisans, you must rise up as one voice, united together to support the small businesses and families in Illinois,â€ he added. â€œLetâ€™s continue the focus on letting businesses open based on their unique circumstance to operate safely, and not on an arbitrary and subjective designation of essential vs. non-essential.â€
For more information about Senator Weaver's position on safely re-opening businesses, please see his Op-Ed in the Peoria Journal Star at http://www.senatorweaver.com/News/1217/Opening-nonessential-businesses-if-they-can-operate-safely/news-detail/.