Chicago and Cook County have introduced vaccination regulations that require proof of vaccination to enter gyms, restaurants, and other venues. St. Charles, located in Counties Kane and DuPage, does not fall within the scope of these mandates, but has taken a preventive stand against such a rule.
The suburban St. Charles town council refused to provide evidence of a vaccination order similar to Chicago and Cook Counties.
Although it was not a formal vote, all nine councilors rejected the idea of requiring proof of vaccination in order to enter certain rooms in St. Charles.
City administrator Heather McGuire told the council her office had received two embassies for the measure and more than 200 against.
In addition to the news, dozens of local residents rallied in front of the community building to protest vaccination certificates.
“The issue was put on the agenda tonight to officially document our position in the public records and to resolve any doubts about our position, particularly in light of recent decisions by other government agencies,” said Lora Vitek, Mayor of St. Charles.
Third station Ald. Todd Bancroft noted that the council is not against the vaccine itself, but is forcing residents to disclose their vaccination status.
A local resident asked what would happen if Kane County implemented a mandate like Chicago’s.
“I don’t think we need to discuss this until we know what Kane County is doing,” said 1st Ward Ald. Ron Silkatis.
In Cook County, where the vaccination mandate has been in effect since January 3, some elected officials have decided not to enforce the county’s mandate. These areas include Orland Park, Burr Ridge, Park Ridge, Niles, Morton Grove, and Lincolnwood.