From State Senator Dpon DeWitte:
DeWitte Commentary in the Chicago Tribune Calls for Legislative Involvement in COVID-19 Response:
Governor continues to go it alone, despite COVID surge and tanking economy
The numbers are staggering; there’s no denying it. With increased COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations across the state, now more than ever, we need the Governor to be transparent and allow the Legislature to be involved.
Throughout this entire pandemic, the Governor has chosen a go-it-alone approach, leaving the Legislature, a co-equal branch of government, in the dark.
Requests for data go unanswered, and calls for public hearings and special sessions get brushed off.
Unfortunately, this strategy has proven to be dangerous and oftentimes contradictory.
For example, with the recent spike of cases, the Governor decided to solely target one industry— restaurants, forcing them to completely shut their doors even though the Governor’s own data shows that much of the spread is happening at community events and private gatherings.