By: Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
Gov. J.B. Pritzker can’t have it both ways. He can’t claim he’s managed Covid successfully and yet, more than two years later, still proclaim Illinois a “Disaster Area.” On Friday July 22, 2022, the governor extended his disaster proclamation for the 32nd consecutive 30-day period. Proclamation number one was on March 9, 2020.
Pritzker says his many executive orders remain “necessary” for him to manage Covid. But that explanation doesn’t hold up when you look at the rest of the country.
Illinois is now one of just 14 states still under Emergency Orders and the only one of its neighbors to still implement Covid rules via executive fiat.
Illinois’ neighbors ended their Covid emergencies months ago, or, in the case of Michigan, nearly two years ago.