FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Reacting to the announcement that Governor JB Pritzker has changed his mind to allow state legislators to be vaccinated before the medically vulnerable public, State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) said sometimes, “leading by example means waiting our turn.”
“First, the Governor puts prisoners ahead of the elderly and the sick. Now, Pritzker is allowing legislators to jump the line ahead of those that need the vaccine the most,” chided Chesney following Thursday’s announcement by Democrat Governor JB Pritzker.
“Illinois citizens are tired of a special set of rules for politicians and the ruling class. Public servants should wait in line and be treated no different than anyone else,” urged Chesney in echoing the sentiment behind the collective eye roll of beleaguered Illinois residents following the Governor’s latest announcement.
Illinois has been administering vaccines since December 15, 2020. As of Wednesday morning, more than 1 million doses have been administered. Only 1.8 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
“I cannot look a cancer or transplant patient in the eye as their public servant if I jump in line ahead of them to get vaccinated. It is beyond morally objectionable, it’s simply wrong,” concluded Chesney.
Rep. Chesney posts regular legislative and state issues updates on his website at repchesney.com.