Organizers were calling it the “million unmasked march.”
These are folks who want to make wearing a mask a political issue and who want public schools open for in-person instruction.
It was scheduled today for 10am at the Illinois Capitol in Sangamon, County.
In a photo posted on Twitter by capital reporter @MikeMiletichTV, it seems the crowd size has fallen short of their goals.
Sangamon County public health officials reported 22 additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
It marks the fifth consecutive day more than 20 COVID-19 cases were reported across the county and brings its overall count to 783 cases, including 34 deaths.
Also located in Sangamon County is New Berlin Consolidated School District #16.
In spite of the spike in C19 cases, the New Berlin school district plans to open with some in-person instruction.
While the New Berlin school board will be bringing children into an unsafe environment, they will not be inviting back former local union president, teacher and coach Joe Kindred.
Joe Kindred was terminated after the members of the union local voted no confidence in the now-departed superintendent Adam Ehrman in October.
Ehrman has sinced moved on to become superintendent of the Bourbonnais Elementary School District.
Also disciplined by the New Berlin board is current NBEA president Tonya Delaney. She received a one-day suspension.
“The IEA believes this is a clear case of union retaliation,” said IEA President Kathi Griffin. “Joe has the full power of the IEA behind him.”
From my experience, that’s not real encouraging.
But I wish Adam and Tonya the best of luck.
And I worry about the teachers and students in New Berlin as they return to school.