Representatives ask Congress to prevent governors from withholding funds

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker responds to a question after announcing that three more people have died in the state from from Covid-19 virus, two Illinois residents and one woman visiting from Florida, during a news conference Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

ILLINOIS (WEHT) Several U.S. Representatives from Illinois sent a letter to Congress urging them to prevent governors from withholding federal funds appropriated by Congress for local municipalities that allow their small businesses to reopen in accordance with federal health guidelines, but ahead of arbitrary timelines outlined by states.

U.S. Representatives John Shimkus (IL-15), Darin LaHood (IL-18), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Rodney Davis (IL-13), and Mike Bost (IL-12) sent the letter.

Earlier this week, Governor Pritzker threatened to withhold federally appropriated funding to localities that try to reopen against the state’s timeline.

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(This story was originally published on May 15, 2020)

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