(WSIL) -- People in Southern Illinois are split over the transition of power in Washington, D.C.
Longtime senator, and former vice president Joe Biden, became the 46th president of the United States Wednesday afternoon.
John Shaw, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in Carbondale, says Biden's speech set a tone of unity that should 'get us moving to a better place'.
"It was a really important, constructive speech that really should be able to reset where we are in this country," Shaw said.
News 3 spoke to nearly a dozen people across Williamson County to get their thoughts on the new administration.
Jazmyne Krouse, of Marion, says a change in leadership is important to bring fresh ideas to the table. Krouse says listening to ideas from different view points is pivotal towards achieving compromise and results.
She hopes President Biden can act quickly to conquer the COVID-19 pandemic and return a sense of normalcy to the country.
"I just hope he does what he needs to and gets everything going," Krouse said.
Many residents declined to comment on President Biden's administration. Some say they were in fear of losing their job for their political views. Others believe Democrats should face charges for treason.
MAKING PEACE WITH RESULTS
Marion resident Dale Croft stood on the Wolf Creek Overpass on Route 13 waving an American flag. A 'Trump 2020' flag hung down on the railing beside him. A second flag hung about 100 feet to his right.
Some drivers heading west on Route 13 sounded their horns in support of Croft's demonstration. Croft believes Democrats stole the election from Donald Trump by using mail-in-ballots and machines to count extra votes.
The Vietnam veteran says he hopes Biden's policies don't affect construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and possibly raise gas prices. Croft says flying his flags on the overpass is his way of making peace and reluctantly accepting Biden as president.
"There's a difference between 'want to' and 'have to'. There's a difference between legitimate and illegitimate elections," Croft said. "There are 75 million of us that think the same thing."