From the WICA-TV reporter Mark Maxwell:
This puts prisoners in the same category as teachers, soldiers, police, and firefighters and ahead of those with with heart conditions, COPD, kidney failure, and cancer.
Local State senator Dan McConchie is quoted:
“I was shocked, frankly,” Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) said. “What the governor has been talking this entire time about his priority of saving lives; and yet in this case, he is prioritizing trying to decrease transmission over really decreasing mortality.”
“A 20-year-old convicted murderer who is going to be spending life in prison is going to get the vaccine faster than people who are on the outside — law abiding citizens,” McConchie said. “Not only do I think that’s wrong, I think it’s immoral.”
“This is something that really goes against the not only CDC guidelines, but really the plethora of medical science out there,” McConchie said.
The story notes this rationale:
The transmission and infection rate inside state-run prisons is much higher than in the civilian population. Roughly one in 12 people in Illinois (8.46%) have tested positive for COVID-19, while more than one in four inmates (27%) have come down with the virus.