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Edgar County Board issued a statement

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On May 27, 2020

Edgar Co. (ECWd) –

The Edgar County Board issued a statement yesterday to the citizens and businesses of Edgar County.

We encourage everyone to first understand it is not the County Board’s place to tell the business owners of this County when to open their doors, contrary to popular belief.  The County Board never closed any business, so there is no need for them to “approve” of the opening of business.

We as a society are governed by our laws and from day one of the COVID-19 China virus situation, we have provided the statutory language that must be followed if businesses were to be closed by the government.  Pretty much statewide, businesses closed on their own and we now hope they realize it is those same business owners who have to decide what their next step is, not the government.

The County Board attempted communicating with the Governor, however to no surprise, the Governor refused to respond to those communications.  The goal was to educate the Governor on that basic concept of one size fits all does not work in Edgar County considering the county has yet to have a positive COVID-19 test result out of over 600 tests. Applying the Chicago policy to Edgar County makes no sense and is clearly arbitrary and capricious.  That fact has been confirmed by a Judge for those now aware.

While many in the County have expressed anger towards the County Board for not adopting some policy for businesses to open up, we agree with them not doing it because they never closed anyone’s business to begin with.  There is no provision in the County Code for the Board to do as many are asking and rather than ignore that fact by adopting something, they did the right thing and let the people know it is they who need to control their lives and decide what is best for them rather than the government.

Rightfully, the board advised business owners to educate themselves on what is best for them. Contained in the letter is a warning.

“Any business that demonstrates a blatant disregard for community safety standards and endangers the health of either employees or patrons will be the subject of appropriate sanctions and enforcement actions.”

To understand what possible “sanctions” and “enforcement” actions could happen, we urge a complete review of the articles listed below as it covers the key laws that apply in this type of situation.  Understanding all that information will arm you with truth rather than a bunch of social media hyperbole.

We appreciate the County Board following the law and are confident if business owners do the same we will see Edgar County back in business as it should be.

A copy of the statement can be downloaded at this link or viewed below.

ECB Statement - 5-26-20

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  • kathy
    Posted at 10:51h, 27 May Reply

    Business owners clearly do not know their rights or do not wish to take responsibility for learning it. I hope this has been a learning experience for everyone so that we do not go through this again!

  • GW WON
    Posted at 11:22h, 27 May Reply

    Looks like Edgar County will not be open for sometime. Following the Pritzker plan for reopening means businesses might be able to partially open again in 30 days. Sad to see a County Board anywhere not supporting small business in Illinois. Tough to support local businesses that remain closed. Every state bordering Illinois must be sending Pritzker thank you letters.

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 15:33h, 27 May Reply

      Edgar county was never closed. Did you even read the article? The County Board has NO AUTHORITY to close any business nor open one. There are numerous businesses who understood this fact weeks ago and opened their doors.

  • Golden Country
    Posted at 15:13h, 27 May Reply

    Looks like counties are trying to evade any liability for the loss of business now that they see the lawsuits coming
    Unfortunately most have been there all along administering the governor’s edicts thru the county health and county sheriff departments

    • Pete
      Posted at 16:27h, 27 May Reply

      Excellent point.

  • Pritzker is evil
    Posted at 20:31h, 27 May Reply

    I completely agree with the board’s statement. They’re basically saying that the governor had no authority to shutter businesses and neither did they, so they also don’t have any authority to tell businesses they can reopen. They are essentially taking a no action stance against the governor without blatantly saying it. Since Pritzker threatened local governments that defied him, it’s actually a great stance to take.

  • Mags
    Posted at 10:55h, 28 May Reply

    I believe that our County and local officials have not done their due diligence by not calling out the Governor for his lawlessness. They have not reached out to businesses in their towns and counties to tell them we support you, we back you up and if you want to open we will do everything in our power to protect your rights. It is hard for any tyrant to rule under a united front. Our States Attorney’s are AWOL. They have basically sat back and played politics hoping to get their Federal Handout and not doing enough to help out the businesses in our communities. Very disappointing but not surprising in some instances. Elections have consequences. Problem is so many of them are in the CLUB.

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