State Representative Amy Grant (R-Wheaton) is seeking input from community members about the handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Illinois.
Through a short survey, people can weigh in on issues relative to the closing and reopening of businesses, the use of face coverings and masks, and the performance of Illinois’ unemployment system during the Coronavirus pandemic. The survey can be accessed through this link. Paper copies can also be mailed. Requests for paper surveys can be made by phone at (331) 218-4182, or by email at Grant@ilhousegop.org.
“As we begin this second extension of Governor Pritzker’s Stay Home Order, I would like to know how my constituents are feeling about steps taken in recent weeks,” said Grant. “In addition to a few multiple choice survey question, there is a long response area where people can provide additional insight and suggestions. I hope folks will take a few minutes to take this short survey.”
Governor JB Pritzker issued the initial disaster proclamation on March 9, triggering broad executive powers that are allowed during declared states of emergency. Since the declaration, Pritzker has issued 36 executive orders, including:
- Closing all public and private K-12 schools through the remainder of this academic year
- Closing all restaurants and bars to inside service
- Closing most businesses
- Issuing a Stay Home Order on March 20, which was extended on April 1 and April 30
- Providing the Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections with the authority to release some prison inmates on COVID-19 related furloughs
“Public safety is important, but there is a key element of common sense lacking in Governor Pritzker’s and House Speaker Mike Madigan’s handling of this pandemic,” Grant said. “People are calling me and stopping me in public, demanding more transparency and action on this issue. They’re demanding the legislature be called back into session, and I agree. Governor Pritzker is silencing the representative voices in the General Assembly, and the Speaker seems unwilling to call us back to Springfield to work collaboratively on solutions that protect safety while putting our economy back on track.”