SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The governor’s office hopes all COVID-19 mitigations will be lifted within the next six months.
During a Senate appropriations committee hearing Monday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Chief of Staff Anne Caprara presented the governor’s proposed budget for his office. Republican state Sen. Brian Stewart took the opportunity to ask about the governor’s continued COVID-19 mitigations. He said vaccines and treatments are widely available.
Pritzker still has a mask mandate in place. That’s expected to be lifted for most indoor places at the end of the month, though no timeline has been given for when his mandate for masks in schools will be lifted. Caprara said “they’re hopeful.”
Meanwhile, Caprara defended the more than $1.5 million Pritzker is personally paying his top office staff, which combined with state tax dollars total nearly $3.2 million.