Last Friday, Gov. Pritzker issued his 28th COVID-19 disaster proclamation and 112th Executive Order since the pandemic began.
For more than two years, the Governor has exercised emergency powers by issuing Executive Orders to control nearly every aspect of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. State Senator Sue Rezin believes that the Governor needs to allow the state’s Legislature to be an equal partner in the decision-making process, which is why she cosponsored Senate Bill 103, which would require the state’s Governor to request legislative approval from the General Assembly to reissue a disaster declaration after 30 days.
Unfortunately, the Governor’s allies in the Legislature refused to even assign the bill to a committee for debate. Until the Majority Party decides to step in, it appears that the Governor will continue to issue disaster proclamations for the foreseeable future.