Two independent sources inside Governor Pritzker’s administration have confirmed that their boss plans to keep Illinois closed until after the July 4th weekend.
Neither official would talk on record, but both echoed the same potentially bad news for Land of Lincoln residents. And they cited the governor’s risk-aversion for his paralysis in making moves to open Illinois for business.
Last week, Jay Robert (aka Judgement: Bad) extended his Executive Order and related “rules” and other edicts through the end of May. However, the gov. has already faced one successful lawsuit blocking his unconstitutional restrictions. Additionally, a number of sheriffs and police chiefs have announced they have no intention of enforcing Pritzker’s economically disastrous orders.
Behind the scenes and news conferences, Pritzker plans to keep Illinois closed through the end of the Independence Day weekend.
Because Chicago is the epicenter of Chinese flu cases in Illinois. And the governor remains utterly terrified that he will be blamed for any surge of infections and deaths that might follow a massive weekend of celebrations in the Windy City and in the collar counties, especially after a spring-time of people cooped up and eager to get out and socialize.
Yeah, it’s easy for him to heap blame upon President Trump but Pritzker’s thin skin can’t take it. He’s basically paralyzed with fear. Fear that he will be blamed. Fear that he will look weak and ineffective.
One specific event in particular has Pritzker terrified more than any other: the massive fireworks display in Chicago at Navy Pier. Hundreds of thousands gather together, packed closely, to watch the incredible pyrotechnic and laser show.
Aside from his fears of catching blame and second-guessing for Chinese flu infections and deaths, Pritzker’s secondary fear is that he will look weak if (when) people begin to largely ignore his edicts from on high.
Pritzker’s worried the local businesses will tell government agents trying to implement business closures and other regulations to go pound sand. Because under Illinois’ Department of Health Act (20 ILCS 2305), while the Illinois Department of Public Health may shut down a non-compliant business, they must get a court hearing within 48-hours or the mandatory closure loses its force of law and government officials must then rely on “voluntary” cooperation. And at this point, without a court order, the business owner may re-open with impunity. And stay open.
And even if the local health authorities go to court, they’re going to run up against local judges, elected by (and held accountable to) local people. Odds are under Equal Protection arguments and others, it will prove a tough sell for government to force closure of one business when others doing similar work under similar circumstances are allowed to remain open. (Construction as an example… construction for government projects continues apace while private construction is supposed to be idled to protect against Wuflu infections.
In addition to fear that businesses and everyday people will begin to ignore his “orders,” Pritzker’s worried about sheriffs, police chiefs and local units of government publicly refusing to enforce them.
This is why Mr. Multi-billionaire Governor came completely unglued when he heard about the Clay County court that sided with Rep. Darren Bailey in ruling Pritzker over-stepped his authority.
His Royal Highness doesn’t like it when some rural county jurist tells the world that the Emporer has no clothes.
What can you do, gentle readers?
You can do nothing and watch Illinois continue to implode. Or you can get off the couch. Stand up, speak out, and get involved.
There are huge rallies scheduled for Springfield and Chicago for this Friday, May 1st. Others no doubt will follow. Get out and get involved.
Be sure to read our story on how to fight back against Pritzker’s authoritarian over-reach based upon utterly faulty “models.”