A state senator has filed an ethics grievance in opposition to the Pritzker administration after knowledgeable regulatory physique investigating a faculty board member who can also be a physician demanded to know his place on masks use for youngsters in colleges.
Dr. Jeremy Henrichs can also be an elected member of the Mahomet-Seymore faculty board. He raised questions on masks use for youngsters in colleges . Emails point out a state investigator with the Illinois Division of Monetary and Skilled Regulation opened an investigation after a grievance. Docs want a license from the Illinois Division of Monetary and Skilled Regulation to follow medication within the state. The company has the facility revoke licenses.
State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, mentioned he reached out to the Pritzker administration final week “via the conventional channels” when he was made conscious of the investigation. After urging the administration to drop the investigation, Rose mentioned it was made clear the investigation was persevering with. Rose mentioned it might have a chilling impact on elected faculty board members and others.
Rose mentioned he filed an ethics grievance with the Illinois Government Inspector Basic in opposition to the Pritzker administration.
“In the US of America we don’t settle political disputes via threats, intimidation and coercion,” Rose mentioned. “Actually, there’s really a statute about this. It’s referred to as threatening a public official.”
Rose mentioned what his constituent goes via is unacceptable.
“They’re threatening him on one hand with an official investigation of his medical license for his conduct as a faculty board member on what might or might not occur sooner or later in time when he would possibly vote on one thing,” Rose mentioned. “That’s mistaken, That’s mistaken on any degree. That is North Korea, that is Stassi degree stuff, OK? We’re not these nations.”
Rose demanded the governor not solely denounce the investigation, however to additionally publicly apologize.
“And fairly frankly it will be good if governor billionaire would reimburse Dr. Henrick a few of the cash he’s out in lawyer charges,” Rose mentioned.
Messages in search of remark from IDFPR weren’t returned. The governor’s workplace didn’t reply to Rose’s calls for when requested about them on Thursday. The governor’s workplace advised WCIA it is not going to search to punish those that disagree with Pritzker’s statewide faculty masks mandate.
“The Pritzker administration has not and won’t search disciplinary motion in opposition to the skilled licenses of people who disagree with the masks mandate,” Pritzker’s spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh mentioned.