Ilinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) ordered all restaurants and bars across the state to close their dining areas and lounges. Although restaurants were allowed to continue with take-out service, not every owner was happy with the news.
In fact, 57-year-old Peggy Brandon, the owner of Rosati’s Pizza in Rosati’s Taylorsville had a message for the governor.
"Governor Pritzker – Screw you," a 12 foot long by three feet wide sign read.
Unbelievable, this Taylorville IL Rosati’s Pizza putting making money over the health and lives of others! I hope @Rosatis_Pizza revokes this restaurants franchise because I’m appalled! Makes me want to never go to any Rosati’s pizza ever again! pic.twitter.com/Dm3i4CLAx6— Autumn Temple (@AutumnTemple4) March 20, 2020
According to Brandon, she decided to hang up the sign to make the governor know how she felt about his decision.
“I did it myself because he (Pritzker) had no business shutting my business down,” Brandon told the Harold & Review.
Even though her business can still do take outs and to-go orders, she said that makes up only 20 percent of her business.
“I just don’t know, I couldn’t tell you if we’ll make it,” she explained. “But I doubt it.”
Brandon said the worst part is she has 20 employees who rely on her for a paycheck and their livelihood and she has no way to pay them.
“Look, there have been no reported cases (of coronavirus) in Christian County,” Brandon told Harold & Review. “And yet he (Pritzker) wants me and my servers to go without income for two weeks. Is the government going to pay us? Hell no, they’re not. Pritzker is a (expletive, expletive). He needs to go.”