Rep. Parkhurst statement on cancellation of Fall Veto Session

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) issued the following statement tonight following the announcement that the 2020 Fall Veto Session of the Illinois House of Representatives has been cancelled:

“I am disheartened Speaker Madigan does not consider the General Assembly essential employees of the state.   We have important work to do, but are prevented from doing it because Speaker Madigan cancelled the Fall Veto Session. Thousands of Illinois families lost their livelihoods and are struggling to get approved for unemployment benefits due to the Administration’s inability to process claims in a timely manner. Thousands of frontline workers, big box store workers, grocery and liquor store workers, and other essential employees are reporting to work wearing masks and social distancing, but Speaker Madigan  and Senate President Harmon don’t think it’s safe enough for legislators to show up for work.  This is nonsense and destroys the balance of power leaving Illinois to be ruled by one person—the Governor.  The decision to cancel veto session is an insult to every family struggling to survive. ”