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Illinois Sen. Jil Tracy comments on masks, small businesses and Madigan resigning

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Illinois State Senator Jill Tracy spoke with the Quincy Exchange Club today.

QUINCY (WGEM) - Illinois State Senator Jil Tracy spoke with the Quincy Exchange Club today. One topic on everyone's mind remained the Covid 19 pandemic.

Infections continue to spike in Adams County. Tracy stressed the importance of residents wearing masks to protect themselves and those around them.

“I think if we know one thing about Covid, it’s highly contagious and I encourage everyone to wear a mask out in public. It protects the person wearing it and it protects the people around the. Because all of us know a person who has a high risk of infection and we don’t want to impair anybody’s health," Tracy said.

Right now mask wearing is simply a guideline for safety and not a mandate.

Another problem related to high Covid 19 case numbers is its affect on small businesses.

Tracy commented on federal aid.

“I do think the federal government will come through. And we have received quite a bit of money from the federal government that hasn’t even been used yet to trickle down," Tracy said.

Tracy also commented on corruption in the capital.

Both republican and democratic lawmakers have called for speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Michael Madigan, to resign.

This comes after Madigan was named in a federal bribery investigation.

“Usually in the senate people aren’t asked to resign unless they’re indicted, and certainly he deserves reasonable doubt, but nevertheless as a caucus position, I stood very firmly that I think he should resign as speaker of the house," Tracy said.

Just yesterday, Madigan announced that he has no plans to resign.

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