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Republican congressmen urge Pritzker to start phased reopening of Illinois

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon

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Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Adam Kinzinger, sent a letter to Gov. JB Pritzker urging a plan for a “phased reopening” of the state’s economy.

In the letter, Kinzinger, R-Channahon, and his colleagues noted the novel coronavirus pandemic has affected different parts of the state in different ways and that a “safe and sensible” reopening plan must reflect those differences.

The congressmen said after Pritzker extended his stay-at-home order through May that they heard from their concerned constituents. They also noted that around that time the state saw its most deaths in a single day due to the virus.

“As we continue to face rising numbers of coronavirus in certain areas, we need to continue getting the necessary resources to aid those areas,” the members wrote. “But we also need to recognize that areas without any cases of the virus need to be treated differently.”

They said each member of the Illinois GOP delegation voted in favor of the four different bills that provided financial aid and relief caused by the pandemic.

They added that the federal
government had provided the
state with personal protective equipment of more than 1.6 million N-95 masks, more than 5.5 million surgical masks and 2.3 million surgical gowns.

“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,” according to the letter.

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