I joined the other Republican members of Congress in Illinois to urge Governor Pritzker to take a regional approach by starting the reopening process in low-risk areas of our state. While parts of the state have seen a rise in cases, we continue to have counties reporting zero cases of COVID-19. With improved and increased testing, and an emergency response plan in place should an outbreak occur, the Governor should move forward on allowing Illinoisans the opportunity to make informed decisions on how they can safely return to work.
The federal government has done a great deal to help the State of Illinois, like funding for health care providers and economic boosts to small businesses, families, individuals, and more. Now is the time for Governor Pritzker to step up with a plan to reopen Illinois that prioritizes the health of our people and our economy. We stand ready to work with the Governor on this effort.
As a member of the President's task force to reopen the country, I provided recommendations to address some of the issues facing the communities I serve. I'm excited the President and his team have addressed issues with testing so people can now get tested for elective surgeries and changes to ensure our food supply is secure by evoking the Defense Production Act.