Rockford region delegation to the General Assembly send letter urging IDPH to delay COVID-19 mitigation

State Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) and colleagues representing the nine counties that comprise Region 1 sent a letter to Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today urging a minimum one-week stay on the mitigation order announced by Governor Pritzker scheduled to take effect Saturday, October 3. Rep. Sosnowski believes a delay is vital to keeping thousands more from becoming unemployed and businesses permanently closing.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director

Illinois Department of Public Health

535 W. Jefferson, 5th Floor

Springfield, IL  62761

Dear Dr. Ezike,

We are requesting no less than a week stay in the Region 1 mitigation order. This will allow us time to thoroughly review the evidence and discuss other potential mitigation options to reduce positivity numbers in our region.

It is clear the mitigation order put in place to take effect October 3rd will cause restaurants and bars to bear the overwhelming brunt of these new restrictive rules. Yet from the departments’ own data we know that restaurants and bars are not one of the major causes of the spread of COVID-19.

Before implementing a decision that will lead to thousands of layoffs and permanent business closures, we owe the communities that we represent and the businesses that have worked so hard to comply with these regulations, the opportunity to discuss this plan. 


Senator Neil Anderson

Senator Brian Stewart

Senator Dave Syverson

Rep. John Cabello

Rep. Andrew Chesney

Rep. Tom Demmer

Rep Jeff Keicher

Rep. Tony McCombie

Rep. Joe Sosnowski

Rep. Maurice West