PRINCETON- Princeton Mayor Joel Quiram, in a statement Saturday, noted that a proposal for re-opening businesses that was sent to the Governor from Peoria officials could expose Bureau County and Princeton to liabilities. The Heart of Illinois plan by the City of Peoria and Peoria County includes Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Marshall, Stark, McLean, Livingston, Bureau, Putnam, and LaSalle counties. It reduces the phases from the Governor’s plan from five to three stages, and takes the time between each phase from 28 days to 21 days.
“If Peoria’s plan goes forward without the governor’s agreement, Princeton would supposedly be included, and we would be without our being asked or without our direct involvement in the process.” he said Saturday.
Princeton is currently not enforcing the executive orders on any business as they say they are not required to do so.
“On the other hand, if the governor gives his approval of the Peoria plan, then it’s another resource by which to follow. It won’t change the fact that businesses are free to decide for themselves whether to re-open regardless.”