Republican state House hopeful Ben Bierly admits few have succeeded in Springfield the way Gov. J.B. Pritzker has – in at least one way.
“I think if he’s out to destroy Illinois he’s doing a great job,” Bierly told the Kane County Reporter. “Right now, you can say he’s in a class all of his own, especially when it comes to the way he’s handling the COVID-19 crisis.”
Citing rising infection rates, Pritzker recently moved to reenact COVID restrictions in counties all across the state, instantly raising the ire of small business owners still struggling mightily to overcome the impact of the first shutdown he imposed just months earlier.
“Everyone understands the virus is real, but people have to be allowed to make a living for themselves and to take care of their families,” added Bierly, who is now running against Democrat John Connor in the 43rd District. “Everything he does seems to go after small business owners, putting them in the position where they feel they have no choice but to defy the government just to have a chance of keeping their business. For more small businesses to be forced to shut down would be bad news for entire state.”
Given the increasingly high stakes, Bierly said he isn’t surprised to now see so many small business owners fighting back, including launching a Facebook page where owners planning to defy his order can go to strategize and vent their frustrations.
“We still haven’t received satisfaction about the way they call cases,” Bierly added. “The way they’re doing things can make the numbers look any way they want them to.”
Bierly argues that’s yet another reason why the governor shouldn’t be allowed to make all the critical decisions about the virus solely on his own.
“It’s quite frustrating to still see that happening,” he said. “I think small business owners understand their own situation better than anyone. They know if they’re forced to give the governor what he wants right now their business could be gone.”