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Four Downstate Lawmakers Launch 'Restore Illinois Tour'


A group of lawmakers is traveling around the state this week on what they are calling the “Restore Illinois” tour. 

The group consists of four Republican lawmakers; Darren Bailey, Chris Miller, Blaine Wilhour, and Brad Halbrook. Bailey said the group wants to address various longstanding problems, which they believe come from “unethical behavior” and “bad rule” by the Illinois government.

“We’re just sick and tired of the way Illinois is doing business," he said. "We want to get the word out. We want to let people know that there is hope for Illinois.” 

Stops this week include Highland, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign. Bailey said they’ve heard multiple concerns from constituents about the graduated income tax amendment and COVID-19. Bailey himself is suing Governor J.B. Pritzker. Bailey alleges Pritzker overstepped his authority when he extended the state stay-at-home order.