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State Rep. Margo McDermed joined her colleagues in a letter asking Gov. JB Pritzker to call a special legislative session to work on opening up the state amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The House members said Pritzker should call the special session if House and Senate leadership “continue to refuse” to allow the Legislature to meet, according to the letter.
McDermed and seven other Republican House members also urged the governor to work with them to come up with a “common-sense” plan to reopen the state by region.
“As the women of the House Republican Caucus, we stand ready to offer solutions and work with you to implement a safe and reasonable regional plan to open Illinois,” they wrote.
The legislators asked Pritzker to meet with each of them to develop a plan. They argued that as elected officials, they have a responsibility to their constituents and all residents of the state to reopen Illinois and protect those who are vulnerable to the virus.
“We are ready to offer suggestions, strategies, and solutions; and we are calling for the legislature to reconvene,” the representatives wrote.
The members also appeared to criticize Pritzker’s handling of the crisis. They said that while he’s claimed to be open to working in a bipartisan manner, he hadn’t reached out to them to discuss their concerns as of the letter’s writing on April 28.
They also said the state Legislature should address Pritzker’s executive orders in an effort to retain checks and balances in state government.