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After receiving threats of violence, Illinois lawmaker pulls COVID bill


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Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 8:01 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - The author of a bill making the unvaccinated pay out-of-pocket for COVID-19 expenses said he’s withdrawing the legislation after receiving violent threats.

Democratic State Rep. Jonathan Carroll said threats were also directed at his family and staff after introducing the bill.

“Based on feedback and further reflection, we need to heal as a country and work together on common-sense solutions to put the pandemic behind us,” Carroll said in a Facebook post.

“Since taking office, I’ve always tried to have civil discourse with those who’ve disagreed with me. However, violent threats made against me, my family and my staff are reprehensible,” Carroll also said.

“I hope we can return to a more positive discourse on public health, especially when it comes to this pandemic that has tired us all,” Carroll said.

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