The DeKalb County Health Department continues to report an increase in coronavirus cases throughout the county. Dekalb County as of this past weekend has a positivity rate of 8.5 percent. The county also has an increase in testing which reflects additional reported cases. Nursing homes and NIU continue to increase at a higher rate than other sectors of the county.
There continue to be discussions about how local Government officials including city officials and the County Board Chair, Mark Pietrowski, as to challenge the Governor (Pritzker) to be more objective on who and when establishments will be shut down or limited in capacity. State Representatives Tom Demmers and Jeff Keicher have had mutable discussions with the Governor’s office on how to address current and future closing of select businesses. Demmers and Keicher both concur that it is extremely difficult to accomplish anything when Pritzker and Madigan will not allow state elected officials to meet to resolve issues.
“We continue to press Governor Pritzker to open up dialogue on how to be more objective in dealing with Covid-19,” commented Jeff Keicher in a telephone interview. “The state needs to seek a solution to something more viable and not destructive to select businesses.”
The owners of Remingtons Gastropub in Malta (IL) posted a Facebook quote on their stance with current and future closings (See below). “Take out is not going to keep our business afloat”, commented Kristen Catencamp, co-owner of Remingtons Gastropub. “Our business represents a cross-section of most local restaurants and bars, that will not make it through another long term lockdown.”
Remingtons Gastropub (Malta, IL) is located in State Representative Tom Demmers’ District.
NOTE: Mark Pietrowski did not return our request for a statement.