On March 18, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a new “bridge” between Phase 4 and Phase 5 of his Restore Illinois Plan.
State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), who has been outspoken with her demands for a plan to move Illinois to Phase 5, issued the following statement following the Governor’s announcement:
“While I’m happy that the Administration is finally heeding our calls to allow Illinois to move closer toward reopening, I continue to be disappointed with the way the Governor is handling this process.
“For weeks, I have urged the Governor to bring lawmakers to the table to work together to establish transparent and clear guidelines for allowing Illinois to fully reopen in a safe and efficient manner. He has ignored our calls for cooperation and refuses to release his unilateral grip on the future of this state. So it comes as no surprise that the Governor is once again walking back on his plan to reopen Illinois.
“While this newly created ‘bridge’ gives a glimmer of hope, it’s certainly not enough. The people of this state want stability, transparency and clarity. We want to know that Illinois will finally be able to put this pandemic behind us.”