In his State of the State address, Governor JB Pritzker recognized the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and his hope for the future.
Pritzker gave the address at the Illinois State Fairground, recalling the venue’s history during the 1918 influenza pandemic and the role it’s playing as a vaccination site during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the COVID pandemic isn’t over, the governor is hopeful for the future and an end to the pandemic.
“It is going to end,” Pritzker said. “The marathon has been long and I believe there is one more leg left to run. It requires patience and perseverance and courage to battle the last attacks of an invisible enemy. But it is going to end”
Pritzker’s proposed budget reflects the economic impacts of the pandemic and mitigation measures, including prioritizing funding for agencies helping with the recovery.