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GOP senators advocate for quicker Phase 4 move

Illinois state Senate Republicans sent a letter to Gov. JB Pritzker this week urging him to consider a faster reopening of the state as new COVID-19 cases are on the decline.

The GOP legislators said their constituents were confused about not being able to open more as mass demonstrations against police brutality take place.

“As the demonstrations taking place garner much of the media’s attention, we continue to hear the voices of our constituents, those not protesting but who remain worried their businesses, their livelihoods and their communities remain at continued economic risk,” the senators wrote.

State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, was among those who signed the letter.

The senators also argued that other Midwest states that had restrictive lockdown orders, such as Michigan, are starting to reopen at a faster pace than Illinois.

They said requirements, including having no overall increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illnesses for 28 days, were too restrictive.

“Illinois residents have sacrificed much to help contain the spread of this disease, but many are nearing the point of no economic return,” they wrote.

At a news conference Wednesday, Pritzker said he “agreed with the impetus” to move toward a faster reopening and has been willing to change his plan with the advice of public health officials. Still, he said, the state is in the process of measuring the effects of reopening on new cases and hospitalizations.

“The data doesn’t tell us that now’s the time,” he said.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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