Parents, lawmakers fight Illinois mask mandate in schools

Parents, lawmakers fight Illinois mask mandate in schools

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A group of about 40 Elevate and Inspire demonstrators held signs for about two hours outside of the Winnebago County Health Department on North Church Street  on Friday, July 16, 2021, in Rockford.

ROCKFORD — Some parents and elected officials are pushing back against Gov. JB Pritzker’s mask mandate for all pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools, saying instead the decision should be left to parents.

Pritzker on Wednesday announced mandatory indoor masking for staff and children at all public and private schools. 

“We are vehemently against mandating masks,” said Jim Mcllroy, founder of Elevate & Inspire, a parents group that held an “unmask our children” rally last month outside the Winnebago County Health Department.

“We are 100% in favor of parental choice. Accountability and responsibility of the children is something that is in the hands of parents, and that is not something that should be in the hands of the governor. It should not be in the hands of the mayor, it should not be in the hands of Dr. (Sandra) Martel from the Winnebago County Health Department,” he said. 



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