Republicans criticizes the Gov. Pritzker rule to penalize businesses that open
Illinois is slowly moving towards the next phase of reopening, but the number of positive cases is growing even faster. Many are debating Gov. JB Pritzker's plans for the next phase.
According to Illinois health officials, 59 new deaths and 2,294 new cases of COVID-19 had been recorded on Monday. That brings the state total to 96,485, including 4,234 deaths.
In the last 24 hours, laboratories had reported 21,297 specimens, and as on Monday, the statewide test positivity rate is 14%.
As Illinois is moving towards the next reopening phase, Gov. Pritzker had planned to keep businesses closed and penalize them if the open. This plan is being debated.
Across Illinois, all the Republican representatives held a video conference on Tuesday morning. They said that the Governor's plan to penalize the businesses that open in defiance of the shutdown is a misuse of powers and did not involve any procedure. They may call a General Assembly and vote on the rule.
State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-50th District) said, "He cannot and should not unilaterally keep ruling the state as he has been doing for the last two months. It's time for collaboration. The Pritzker administration has reached beyond its authority, and it's time to restore proper checks and balances to the state government, so tomorrow morning, I will make the motion to suspend this emergency rulemaking that criminalizes business owners."