State Sen. Barickman hopes Gov. Pritzker works with the Legislature moving forward

State Senator Jason Barickman. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By AJ Harris and Blake Haas 

BLOOMINGTON – With Governor J.B. Pritzker altering the phase three plan for restoring Illinois, many establishments will be opening sooner rather than later, and State Senator Jason Barickman sees it as progress.

“This is a positive step; this is a step in the right direction, I think it’s clear that the Governor is against the ropes,” Barickman told WJBC’s Scott Miller. “I think he has seen a significant public backlash to his order that he issued early May.” 

Barickman added that he hopes the Governor works with the Legislature moving forward. 

“If the Governor would work with the Legislature, we could come up with a plan together, and a plan that it both protects Illinoians and puts those appropriate safeguards in place, but is also in line with the public expects to see at this point.”  

Bars and restaurants, hair salons, public parks, and many other businesses across Central Illinois are set to reopen May 29. 

AJ Harris can be reached at Andrew.Harris@Cumulus.com.

Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@Cumulus.com. 

Blogs

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…

Everyone counts and you could make the difference

By Mike Matejka How many federal dollars will there be for road repairs?  To feed hungry families?  How many Illinois representatives will there be in Congress?  Are Illinois communities going to get their fair share? There’s only one way to ensure our community gets treated properly – answer the census. The every ten year U.S. census,…

Reactions to the “A Community in Conflict” exhibit

By Mike Matejka Every community has its home-town pride; Bloomington-Normal is proud to claim Steak n’ Shake and MASH TV star McLean Stevenson.  We’ve also had a moment of contention and conflict.  Sometimes these are uplifting stories of human progress. At other times, they cause us to shake our heads and wonder why. The McLean…