(EDITOR’S NOTE: On Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, Madison County Board Chairman sent the following letter, via email, to Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker. Prenzler also shared it with the public through local media sources, including the Illinois Business Journal.)
Dear Gov. Pritzker,
The purpose of this letter is to inquire about the current migrant crisis, what’s happening in Chicago and future implications for downstate Illinois and Madison County.
In recent weeks, my constituents have expressed concerns about the migrant crisis, which is unprecedented.
Yesterday I attended a meeting of United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI), which represents 77 Illinois counties, and the migrant crisis was discussed.
The news is full of reports about Chicago, and how the city just signed a $30 million contract to house migrants.
As Chairman, and on behalf of Madison County and its citizens, we want to be fully informed and part of the decision-making process, as this crisis threatens to fundamentally change our communities.
Kurt Prenzler, Chairman of the County Board