Posted February 16, 2022
This is a station editorial, I’m Randal J. Miller, station president. Well, as of February 15th, it appears that the school mask mandate is dying a slow death. Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health, first instituted the mask mandate in schools, at the start of the COVID pandemic back in 2020.
The Illinois Department of Public Health tried to re-institute the school mask mandate, after a Sangamon County circuit judge threw out the mandate for the 166 school districts that sued Pritzker claiming it was illegal.
But, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, a bi-partisan group of Illinois state senators and representatives, ruled on February 15th, that I-D-P-H’s re-issuance of the school mask mandate was not enforcable.
All of this kaos was created by Pritzker and his agencies, to try and mitigate the COVID pandemic. First, they shut down the schools and went to remote learning, which was a disaster, putting kids behind in learning and taxing the mental health of both children and their parents.
Then, came the mask mandate once schools re-opened, which led to more executive orders.
Now, nearly 2 years after the pandemic first started, it appears as though the school mask mandate in Illinois is finally dead. Thank God.
While the Governor and the I-D-P-H continue to wait on a remedy from the courts, school districts across the state took the JCAR ruling on February 15th, as permission to return to life as we know it. Finally.
I heard a Northwestern University doctor recently say that, with around 80 percent of the country having at least one vaccine shot, and many people building natural immunity after having the virus itself, plus many more ways to treat those who now get it, it’s time to get on with life.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. I just hope the Governor stops this power grab continuing to control Illinois schools. I thought that’s why we elect local school boards.
And, Governor, don’t forget..it’s an election year.
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