Local business owners were not thrilled to receive a decree from Illinois Governor JB Pritzker to close down for two to aid in efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Monday and Tuesday, local business owner Joe Sartie found himself in a whirlwind of controversy as he declared he would not be closing his door to the public and would be at Snappers Bar and Grill by himself to serve his customers. City Administrator Tim Followell says he certainly understands the feelings of Sartie and others.
Followell is critical of the Governor's actions as he feels it was an overreaction to the people of Chicago and other parts of the region and country who stilled gathered for a St. Patrick's Day celebration despite calls for isolation.
While some do not like it, the State of Illinois needs Chicago. Followell hopes we can all come together and defeat this virus.