A Republican state representative who says he has taken steps to start the recall process against J.B. Pritzker was chastised by the governor Tuesday for consistently voting against spending on vital programs.
Allen Skillicorn of Crystal Lake said in a press release that the governor failed to act to fix the state’ Department of Employment Security’s unemployment benefit system.
“The Governor has had ample time to fix this website,” Skillicorn said. “I called him out on it, and nothing has been addressed nor has there been a plan presented to fix the problems. Enough is enough. The incompetence cannot continue.”
Pritzker brushed off the criticism.
“Well, you couldn't possibly anticipate that we would have a number of unemployment filings that was an enormous multiple of that which occurred during the Great Recession,” he said.
Pritzker said the old system was outdated and that made it difficult for some individuals to put in for claims. The system since has been updated.
Skillicorn’s effort faces a high bar to succeed as it would require bipartisan support from the general assembly and hundreds of thousands of petition signatures to get a recall question on the ballot.