CHICAGO (CBS) — At this time a year ago, many restaurants, bars, and stores were going out of business – unable to handle the State of Illinois’ lockdown measures as the coronavirus pandemic raged.

Gov. JB Pritzker was the one who ordered the business closures. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov sat down with him Tuesday and asked him about the decision.

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“I think we did the best job that we could. To the extent that people want to criticize, that’s up to them. I’m sure that if I knew everything then that I know now, I might have made a few different decisions,” Pritzker said. “But the truth is that the vast majority of things that we did were really the right things to keep people healthy and safe.”

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Many businesses did end up closing as a consequence of the pandemic – among them Lawry’s The Prime Rib on Ontario Street; Danny’s Tavern in Bucktown; Blackbird Restaurant on Randolph Street; Twisted Tapas in Rogers Park; and the Mercury Theater, Southport Lanes bowling alley, and Schoolyard Tavern on Southport Avenue.

But many businesses survived – with delivery and curbside pickup and later outdoor dining for restaurants.

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And one business, Guthrie’s Tavern in Wrigleyville, closed, but is set to reopen under a new owner.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff