The Illinois Department of Public Health reported approximately 3 million Illinoisans contracted COVID-19 and Rep. Dan Caulkins took to Facebook to comment on it and speak to his district. 

“A quick glance at the map shows (Governor J.B.) Pritzker should be anything but proud,” Caulkins wrote on Facebook. “In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 33 states, including most of Illinois’ neighbor states, have made long-term changes to help grow their economies.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote it confirmed the first case of the coronavirus in January 2020.

“I want to thank all of you for your support last night,” Caulkins wrote on Facebook. “I’m very excited to begin serving the people of the new 88th District.

“I’ve gotten to know many of you over the last few months, and I am committed to standing up and speaking out for our conservative values in Springfield. While I probably will not have an opponent in the general election, that doesn’t mean I won’t be active in helping to elect strong conservative leaders across our state.”

NBC Chicago 5 reported Gov. J.B. Pritzker tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday.

Caulkins was first elected to the Illinois House in 2018. A Republican, their legislative experience includes serving on the Public Utilities and Prescription Drug Affordability. Ballotpedia wrote Caulkins is running uncontested in the Nov. 8 general election.

In the aftermath of the mass shooting event in Uvalde, Texas, Caulkins said he had introduced legislation that could offer additional security in Illinois' schools.

“The shooting in Texas is beyond tragic. I've heard from several of you, asking what can be done to protect our schools. The easiest answer is to place added security (police, retired LEO/military or School Resource Officers) in our schools,” Caulkins wrote on Facebook. “I introduced HB 2235 on 2/7/2019 of the 101st General Assembly allowing retired LEOs to become SROs.”