Statement from Todd Maisch, President
and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce on Report of one Million
Illinoisans Out of Work
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[September 23, 2020]
“The Illinois Chamber supports the administration’s
efforts to develop a reopening roadmap for our economy.
Unfortunately, today’s news that more than 1 million Illinoisans are
out of work since March 1, reaffirms the inadequacy of its plan.
We face unprecedented job losses and government
fiscal implosion. Illinois cannot afford to outsource the future of
our economy to a handful of epidemiologists without considering the
financial future of families. Government leaders must be able to
address the public health crisis and the economic crisis at the same
time. Otherwise it is failing us.
"We know there has been outspoken support for a regional approach to
the opening of the state’s economy. This is a well-intended response
to the fact that COVID-19 crisis has impacted some communities much
more than others. However, the Chamber believes the regional
approach is misguided. Undisclosed epidemiological standards applied
to arbitrary geographical boundaries should not keep people from
earning a living. We believe that statewide reopening safety
protocols for all places of business are necessary and equitable.
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"All places of business that can reopen and rehire
safely should be allowed to do so as soon as possible. The statewide
protocols should apply as equally to an employer on the west side of
Chicago as they should to an employer in DuPage or Effingham
Counties. All businesses in Illinois that can reopen responsibly
should be able to do so as soon as practical, because employers in
every part of the state deserve the same opportunity to reopen and
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