Rep. Hauter statement on end of COVID emergency

SPRINGFIELD –State Representative Bill Hauter (R-Morton) had the following reaction to the end of the COVID emergency on Thursday May 11.

“As a physician, I ran for state representative in large part because of the overreaching and divisive state COVID-19 response. Governor Pritzker sidelined local governments and the legislature, and exercised raw power to rule unilaterally throughout the pandemic. For over three years, the Governor refused to follow the example of reasonable and thoughtful states which had a much better response than Illinois did. The Governor has been consistently wrong throughout this pandemic and he is wrong again at the end: these emergency orders needed to end over a year ago.”