Enforcement results are mixed in IllinoisIllinois Municipal League Executive Director Brad Cole said enforcement results are mixed. “I’ve heard from communities from Metropolis to Bloomington and north that they really don’t have the support by either the county or the state to do the enforcement,” Cole said. Cole said it’s time for the legislature to engage instead of settling with top-down direction. Pritzker downplayed his power to call lawmakers back for a special session. He also downplayed calls from a growing number of legislators who want to engage in managing the pandemic with public hearings. State Sen. Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) said it’s time for lawmakers to re-engage, even if it’s remote. “We can agree or disagree whether or not the governor has done a good job, I think the governor has done a fantastic job,” Martwick said. “But that being said, we should be playing a role in this process.” “Long term policy is our purview. Managing the crisis in the immediate nature, that’s his purview, but we should be setting the long term parameters for how we deal with the long term nature of this crisis,” Martwick we should be setting the policy of once we’re past this how we get out of this and how we recover.” “It’s been seven months since the General Assembly has convened and there are real issues, not the least of which are the state budget which will impact local budgets, but obviously the issues dealing with the coronavirus mitigations and how those steps are undertaken either by the state or other entities, other local units of government,” Cole said.
Illinois Municipal League statement regarding Governor’s working groupThe IML issued a statement Monday calling for the governor to form a convene a working group that includes local elected officials. “Confusion over how data is analyzed by the state has also made it difficult for mayors to explain to residents why additional mitigation efforts are required and why they are only applied to certain professions or specific aspects of the service economy,” the IML said. In Springfield, where county and city officials are issuing citations and suspending business licenses for violators, mayor Jim Langfelder said there still needs to be more transparency from the Pritzker administration and the legislature. “I think it’s important to show that government is operating when people need them the most,” Langfelder said. “It gives a sign of strength, it gives a sign that you’re working towards a solution, I think it’s important to show the general public that.” Legislative leaders canceled the fall session this week. Lawmakers aren’t expected back until January, just before the new General Assembly is seated. Reporting by Greg Bishop
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