A group of conservative southern Illinois Republican lawmakers will be in Springfield Thursday afternoon as part of their statewide Restore Illinois bus tour.

Reps. Darren Bailey of Xenia, Chris Million of Oakland, Blaine Wilhour of Beecher City and Brad Halbrook of Shelbyville will be at the Illinois Capitol form 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to rally voters in advance of next month’s election.

Bailey’s web site says they will be joined by Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur.

Miller, Bailey, Wilhour and Halbrook are on a five day tour around the state that they said will emphasize the importance of people voting this year.

“Our faith, our values and our Constitutional rights are under assault,” Bailey said in a statement. “We can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch as our freedoms are systematically being eroded. If we as freedom loving Americans are asleep at the wheel on Election Day, the country we know and love could soon be gone.”


Travis Akin, a spokesman for the group, said the rally will be directed at voters who “value the sanctity of human life, value our Second Amendment rights, understand that we need lower taxes in order to keep residents in Illinois and who are, quite frankly disgusted by what’s going in with the culture of corruption in the Statehouse.”

All four of the Republicans on the bus tour have been critical of Gov. JB Pritzker’s orders to control the spread of the coronavirus in Illinois, including restrictions on businesses and crowd sizes. Bailey and his attorney have filed multiple lawsuits against Pritzker over the use of his executive powers authority.

All four lawmakers have all called for Chicago to be split from the rest of Illinois and made a separate state.