June 11, 2020
The Honorable J.B. Pritzker
State of Illinois
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Dear Governor Pritzker,
Thank you for your thoughtful leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to precautions taken under your executive orders, Illinois is continuing to see a falling decline in infections. Nonetheless, Illinois remains one of the most restrictive states in the nation. Illinois restaurants, unlike those in neighboring and Midwestern states, will need to wait weeks before in-person dining could even be considered. Gyms in Illinois remain shuttered and pools are only open for limited activities. Michigan had some of the most onerous restrictions in place during the early stages, but now it is allowing for in-person restaurant dining.
These are some of the examples of why I am asking you to consider revising your Restore Illinois plan and adopt the 14-day timeline, rather than the current 28 days. The 14-day timeline would allow our state to move into Phase 4 on Friday, June 12. The data provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health supports such a move. According to the standards set in terms of the use of ventilators, hospital capacity, and the number of tests completed, every region listed is already operating at Phase 4 levels. These trends demonstrate that Illinois can safely move into this next phase.
Illinois residents have sacrificed much to help contain the spread of this disease, but many are nearing the point of no economic return. I believe that by working together, we can continue moving our state forward.
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen 51st District of Illinois