Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Elmhurst) | Rezin's Senate website
State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Elmhurst) is hoping lawmakers will allow science to guide them through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
“It’s an unprecedented time and decisions need to be made based on science,” Rezin told the Illinois Valley Times. “This is a serious issue and it needs to be taken that way with everyone doing everything they can to get us through his period.”
Rezin argues that leaves no time and space for partisan politics or government overreach.
In Champaign, a city ordinance has paved the way for the mayor and city council to do everything from limit gun sales to ration utilities and seize private property. The newly approved legislation also grants leaders the authority to impose emergency curfews, bar residents from public buildings and shutter businesses through the month of April.
More recently, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker moved to enact a “stay-at-home” order for all residents across the state that is in effect through Tuesday, April 7.
“This isn’t a time for politics, but you always have to be concerned about government overreach,” Rezin added. “All of that needs to be taken out of the equation if we’re going to have our best chance of overcoming all of this.”
Rezin is also hoping Pritzker will keep the fortunes of small business owners foremost in his thoughts as he plots the state’s way forward.
“We can’t underestimate what impact some of the actions were taking right now are having on them,” she said. “As we come through all this, we need to make sure we’re doing all we can to make sure we’re giving our companies the best chance of coming back and surviving that we can.”