Illinois State Representative creates plan to reopen state

Coronavirus Watch Illinois

Ill. (WEHT) — State Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) has proposed his own plan to reopen Illinois’ economy.

Wilhour’s proposal features a three-phase plan to reopen the economy. He believes Illinois needs to take a regional approach and be more aggressive on saving lives and guarding against a collapse of the economy.

“We have to be cautious and thoughtful in our approach, but we also have to get to the goal of actually opening the economy. The Governor’s plan stokes fear and fails to take into account the tremendous toll the lockdown is having on people’s lives,” Wilhour said. “There are people putting off cancer treatments because of fear of this virus. We need to be finding ways to encourage people to get back to normal and get the life-saving non-COVID-19 treatments they need. Instead of stoking fear, we need a more balanced approach and that is what I am proposing.”

Governor Pritzker announced Restore Illinois, a five-phase plan, on May 5. His plan is based on regional healthcare availability and divides the state into several regions.

Under Wilhour’s plan, most all sectors of the economy would open, with tighter restrictions in phases I and II followed by much more relaxed restrictions in phase III. As long as hospital bed capacity was sufficient to meet demand of any new COVID-19 cases, regions would be able to move to the next phase in 14-day increments.

You can read Wilhour’s full plan here.

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