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Republican state senator calls Illinois Governor a tyrant

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(WSIL) -- Illinois republican gubernatorial candidates aren't mincing words as they react to Governor JB Pritzker pushing new COVID-19 mitigations.

State Senator Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) says the governor is taking the wrong approach.

"Governor Pritzker continues to act like a tyrant. Instead of engaging the legislature as the constitutional process requires, he continues to issue unilateral mandates. My office has helped numerous people who wanted to get the vaccine, and we have delivered masks, sanitizer, and PPE when requested and needed in my district." Bailey stated. 

Bailey continued, “This is not about masks or vaccines; it's about Governor Pritzker thinking he knows better than our constitution and your family. Unless you're part of a powerful special interest group that can help his campaign, he will continue to try and control your life. It has to stop. It's time he engaged the legislature, restored local control, and started being honest with Illinois families."

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Former state senator Paul Schimpf took to social media to call out Governor Pritzker's approach.


“It is unconscionable that the Governor would mandate all school employees to be vaccinated. It is not the government’s role to make healthcare decisions for its citizens. This is a dictator-like government overreach, and it is one we, as a society, must stand up to adamantly oppose. School employees should not, as a condition of employment, be forced to be vaccinated. They as individuals should be free to make healthcare decisions for themselves," said Governor Candidate Gary Rabine.

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