Here’s an interesting viewpoint from Southern Illinois State Senator Paul Schimpf:
Transparency is not grandstanding
Two nights ago, I urged Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady to make a request for hearings about Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan when the General Assembly returns to Springfield next week.
We have a right to know the thinking behind mind-boggling aspects of the plan such as 28 days of stabilization per phase and the refusal to use the pre-existing EMS regions for data assessment.
Yesterday morning, Leader Brady made the formal request for hearings. You won’t believe how Governor Pritzker responded yesterday afternoon.
He described our request as “grandstanding.”
I try to give our elected officials the benefit of the doubt, but Governor Pritzker’s response represents the outrageous arrogance of someone who is not willing to listen to or value the opinions of those who disagree with him.
From the get-go, the Pritzker Administration has refused to share modeling data with members of the General Assembly.
They have also refused to give satisfactory explanations for head-scratching policies like two people per boat on our lakes.
Now, Governor Pritzker has the hubris to believe that elected representatives asking vital questions about his controversial plan is “grandstanding.”
Under JB Pritzker, Illinois has both a budget deficit … and a leadership deficit.
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