Posted June 10, 2020
This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.
As we endure the remaining days of being in the Restore Illinois "Phase 3" recovery following the coronavirus outbreak, here are some random observations.
Observation # 1: All the numbers I've been hearing and seeing about our Central Illinois region that Governor Pritzker designated, show that we should have moved to "Phase 4" weeks ago. While he announced May First that the state would be broken into 4 regions to observe data and then follow the 5 phases he outlined, apparently minutes after his announcement he forgot about it. The only reason he broke the state into 4 regions was to appease downstaters and Republicans.
Observation # 2: As of June 10th, the statewide recovery rate from the Illinois Department of Public Health web site, is 92-percent. That's 92-percent. We shut down the entire Illinois economy despite a 92-percent statewide recovery rate.
Observation # 3: Based on many other states that have re-opened, it appears that their economies are rebounding and getting back to normal. I've told a lot of people recently that I don't want us to get to a "new normal." I want our communities to get back to normal. And, it IS possible.
Finally, observation # 4: I want to THANK the hundreds of you that are patronizing our local businesses--the car dealers, furniture stores, restaurants offering carry-out or drive-thru food, and other businesses that were allowed to re-open May 28th. We're encouraging our local businesses to lead the GREATEST COMEBACK OF ALL TIME, and YOU can help make that happen. The survival of our local businesses in our small towns, depends on ALL of us to spend money LOCALLY where it counts...many times over!
Let's all look ahead to the coming days, weeks, and months, with a sense of anticipation and excitement, as we together work to keep our small town way of life.
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