Freedom Caucus Statement on Ending COVID-19 Emergency

May 13, 2023

Springfield, IL – The IL Freedom Caucus is issuing the following statement on the official end of the COVID-19 emergency declaration in Illinois.

“Today marks the end of the COVID-19 emergency declaration and it is important we learn from the mistakes made during this unpleasant chapter of our state’s history. The bizarre decision to shut down our economy ruined lives, closed businesses, and created countless problems we may never solve. The lockdowns did irreparable harm to kids that we are only just now beginning to fully understand.

Our leaders in Illinois made one wrong decision after another. Instead of acknowledging the mistakes, they chose to continue implementing their failed policies. Other states like Florida took steps to protect the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. Our leaders decided to focus on locking down healthy individuals resulting in COVID-19 spreading in nursing homes and veterans dying in places like the La Salle Veterans Home. Governor Pritzker and his Administration failed our state, and he does not even have the decency to apologize for the lives his policies ruined. We need to ensure we never do to our state what the Pritzker Administration did to us during the pandemic. Today is a good day but it also should remind us of what not to do in the future.”

The Illinois Freedom Caucus is comprised of State Representatives Chris Miller (R-Oakland), chairman; Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City), vice-chairman; Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich); Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville); Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur); Jed Davis (R-Newark) and David Friess (R-Red Bud). The members of the Illinois Freedom Caucus are members of the Illinois General Assembly who are advocating for limited government, lower taxes and accountability and integrity in government.