By: Mark Glennon*

Governor JB Pritzker, still operating with claimed emergency powers, has now adopted a more despotic and threatening position toward dissent.

Pritzker was asked Wednesday about the Illinois Attorney General informal opinion recently published by Edgar County Watchdogs saying a governor’s emergency orders may last only 30 days. If you haven’t read it, do so. While it is an informal opinion, it’s firm and clear. Pritzker, however, claims he can issue successive 30-day orders as long as he pleases, a position the opinion expressly rejects.

Here is Pritzker’s non-answer:

The Attorney General’s Office has not issued that to us, and indeed the attorney general’s office is handling legal matters for the governor’s office, for the stay at home order to defend it. We do have the legal right to issue those executive orders especially here in the context of a disaster declaration. And as you know, that’s something that enables the governor of the state to take actions to protect the health and safety of people across the state and that’s what I’ve been doing.

As a lawyer himself, Pritzker knows full well he was just thumbing his nose at a critical question that demands a substantive answer. That the AG’s opinion was not directed to Pritzker does not diminish its significance. The remainder of his answer says nothing.

The Attorney General’s office has been in court on Pritzker’s behalf taking the opposite position from its earlier opinion. One court that has ruled on the 30-day issue went against Pritzker. The arguments made by the AG’s office on Pritzker’s behalf were, as we wrote earlier, cringeworthy. Another court in Chicago, as recently reported, sided with Pritzker on the issue, as did a recent federal court decision.

Defiance is growing.

Among the evidence, a number of law enforcement officials have refused to enforce Pritzker’s order, probably in part because the fear personal liability which was discussed in a leaked memorandum within the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Madison County board members Tuesday passed a resolution recommending a phased plan to reopen the county, officially going against Pritzker’s Pritzker’s statewide plan to reopen Illinois. Leaders representing DuPage, Kane and McHenry counties on Tuesday called on Pritzker to remove their areas from the Northeast region under Pritzker’s opening up plan. And at least four lawsuits are pending in state and federal courts challenging Pritzker’s order, with more certain to come.

Earlier, Pritzker repeatedly softened his order by saying he was leaving enforcement to local authorities.

But now Pritzker is directing threats and insults to anybody defying him. Loss of business licenses, use of the Illinois State Police and withholding of federal funds are all on the table now.

Governor Pritzker giving his Wednesday daily briefing

And if you hold a different view than him it’s because deaths aren’t “real to you,” Pritzker says. See for yourself in his comments Wednesday:

I know leaders across the state are struggling with these choices. I have sympathy for them in that struggle. But what I don’t have sympathy for is those so intent on disregarding science and logic, so afraid to tell their constituents what they may not want to hear, they put more people’s lives at risk.

Here’s what I want to say to those leaders who weren’t elected to do what’s easy. We’re elected to do what’s right. For the small minority of businesses that choose to ignore the medical doctors and the data and to ignore your legal obligations for the residents of your communities, there will be consequences.

Businesses and individual professionals that are licensed by state agencies will be held accountable for breaching public health orders. Counties that try to reopen in defiance may not be reimbursed by FEMA for damages they cause because they ignored the law. Local law enforcement and the Illinois State Police can and will take action.

But there is no consequence the state could impose that is greater than the harm that you will do to your own communities.

192 Illinoisans lost their lives to this virus in the past 24 hours. 192. How is that not real to you? More people will get sick, get admitted to the hospital and die if we don’t stay the course and follow the guidance the experts have provided to the elected officials out there, or playing to the crowd that ignores science and carries symbols of hate.

Pritzker did make a rare apology – for saying professional baseball players were wrong to be asking for full salaries. But the unions presumably reminded him that’s a matter of collective bargaining, so Wednesday he said, “I want to apologize for leaving the impression that baseball players shouldn’t have the right to bargain to protect their health and safety. I absolutely support that right, and I should have made that more clear.” State public employees in Illinois continue to receive full salaries and pension accruals regardless of whether they are working.

Nobody should be surprised. Pritzker is responding to dissent exactly as we should always fear when czarlike powers are challenged – with vengeance, claims to superior knowledge and assertion of still more power.

This column was updated to include reference to the two most recent court decisions on the 30-day rule that sided with Pritzker, and to reflect that the opinion described in the second paragraph was an informal written opinion.

*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.

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rachaelshinneman8@gmail.com Shinneman
2 months ago

Get him out of office and reopen Illinois and let us out of home

Flash413
2 months ago

So if a guy enters our country illegally, assumes a dead guy’s S/S number, and works to provide food for his family, that’s righteous. Urbana will give him sanctuary.
If an Urbana small businessman opens his business to provide food for his family, JB will put him in an Urbana jail.
Sometimes I think I’m living in an alternate universe.

Marilyn & Kent Hess
2 months ago

Pritzker is not truly concerned about the Illinois citizens. He is personally benefiting from the shutdown of the state meanwhile citizens in Illinois are struggling. He needs to be investigated. Enough is enough!

Bobbette Lengjak
2 months ago

Our governor is basing this virus on all people dying for any reason. If you had pre-existing issues And died they mark the death as from the virus. This is wrong! Healthy people need to get back to work. We are headed for another depression and he is allowing that! He is a billionaire and he is still getting paid his full salary. People are losing their jobs and homes. They are losng their insurance because he won’t let the healthy return to work. If the government can work during this pandemic so shoukd the people that the government is… Read more »

Riverbender
2 months ago

Imagine what would have happened had Eisenhower used Pritsker’s methods of lockdown over some deaths occurring on D day

chumpchange
2 months ago

Jesus, look at that face. Only a mother could love. Wirepoints can you do us a favor and not post his mug again on your site?

Greg
2 months ago

I’m starting to wonder if all the reported deaths are from coronavirus

Elizabeth
2 months ago
Reply to  Greg

They aren’t. You can get hit by a truck and die, but if you test positive for covid, they will list it as a covid death.

Bobbette Lengjak
2 months ago
Reply to  Greg

they are not..90% are from pre-exitong conditions

2 months ago

WHat happened to Cabello’s lawsuit. WHy isn’t it going forward. It was supposed to be heard today, May 14.

s & p 500
2 months ago

Gov.Newsom is asking for a fed bail-out just like Pritzker. Calif has $500 billion unfunded pension liabilities. At least he’s not complaining about swift deportations at the border. I wonder why.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/05/11/california-western-states-pact-call-on-feds-for-1-trillion-in-aid/

Julie Boumehdi
2 months ago

Get rid of this Governor recall him sue him set us free if you’re scared you don’t want to go out don’t go out but the rest of us want to be freed

2 months ago
Reply to  Julie Boumehdi

The opposing party in Illinois has no spine.

Bobbette Lengjak
2 months ago
Reply to  Julie Boumehdi

Amenthis is a plot fir their so called ONE WORLD ORDER

Joe Blow
2 months ago

JB looks like the snot monster from the Mucinex ads

2 months ago
Reply to  Joe Blow

More Jabba the Hut

Bob Out of Here
2 months ago

I think he looks like the Michelin man except for not having tire arms.

Richard Poo Millersky
2 months ago

Jay Bob and Lori have never held elective office before. ☹️

George
2 months ago

Please correct me if I am wrong, but hasn’t Illinois gone to all mail in ballots for elections, at least for State elections? If this is correct, we are already cooked. Does anyone know the answer to my question?

George

Richard Poo Millersky
2 months ago
Reply to  George

I don’t know. I know Cook County (Chicago and suburbs) has early voting and vote by mail. Any type of voting is susceptible to fraud.
😑

Bobbette Lengjak
2 months ago

why do you think the democrats win every year? Illinois gasnt had a decent Governor in years. They are all crooked and want only to pad their pockets!

anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  George

No

Jeff
2 months ago

Predictable reaction from authority. Threats, threats, threats.

Governor of Alderaan
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Threats are the reaction not from authority, but from authority that is being abused

Fur
2 months ago

Such an important site this has become. Thank you Wirepoints for your hard work and dare i say sanguine input!

Mark Felt
2 months ago

DuPage, Kane and McHenry counties have to stay in the Northeast Region, if they are allowed out and Chicago/ Cook County remain under lockdown, there could be civil unrest that would undermine the Democrats in power there for their incompetence in handling this flu outbreak.

#RecallPritzger
2 months ago

There is no justice in Illinois. The slobbering masses who are more interested in a smartphone, the ‘gram. and Snap couldn’t lift their heads from their phones to vote for the one, real chance Illinois had to lift itself from the bottom of the garbage can. Now, this buffoon thinks he has a mandate to play with the big boys… No pun intended… The ONLY REASON THIS GUY IS EVEN KNOWN TO THE ANYONE IS BECAUSE OF HIS INHERITANCE. Sorry for the emphasis, but it is both trite and unfathomable that the lowest of the lot now believes he is… Read more »

anonymous
2 months ago

This person needs to be recalled

Jeff
2 months ago

We the people!! Not shut up and do what I say! Liberty in Illinois is crucial to the success of the state. Mr. Pritzker forcing his illegal will on the people and will not answer tough questions that need to be answered! The Nation wide mortality rate is less than 5%. Covid is real but scare tactics and control and mid information is abounding everywhere.

anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

It will soon be bye bye Illinois by many people.

Phil F
2 months ago

Is there no justice in Illinois? Is there no one in government willing to challenge this wannabe dictator? Pritzker has tasted tyrannical power and he likes it. He violates the law and takes our constitutional rights as if he’s King. We must rise up and confront his reckless actions that are destroying the Illinois economy and numerous live. He must be stopped, who in government will do it?

UnclePugsly
2 months ago
Reply to  Phil F

Apparently not one Democrat – they are all gutless, partisan hacks it seems.

Larry Barbee
2 months ago
Reply to  Phil F

Darren Bailey in southern Illinois is doing something. Also Wilhour.

Governor of Alderaan
2 months ago
Reply to  Phil F

The Resistance is fighting back!

anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Phil F

The republicans do not seem to have a backbone.

Richard Poo Millersky
2 months ago
Reply to  anonymous

The

Chicago GOP Chair
Steve Boulton,

Chicago Northwest GOP Chair
Matt Podgorski,

Cook County GOP Chair
Scott Morrison

and

Illinois GOP Chair
Tim Schneider

are usually silent. ☹️

debtsor
2 months ago

I’ve never heard of these people. Who are they?

Richard Poo Millersky
2 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

Boulton is Chicago 32nd Ward Committeeperson. He is new to both positions.

Podgorski was Chicago 39th Ward Committeeperson and NEIU Political Science Instructor.

Chicago Northwest Side GOP encompasses Chicago Wards 38, 39, 41 and 45, with suburban Norwood Park Township (made famous by Gacy).

Tim Schneider lost his Cook County Commissioner ( far northwest suburbs, 15) seat to Democrat Kevin Borrini Morrison, who’s openly Gay.

Sean Morrison is
Cook County GOP Chair,
Worth Township Committeeperson,
Cook County Commissioner (R-17, southwest & northwest suburbs) &
State Central Committeeperson, 3rd Congressional District
😃

Aaron Schock is naughty again. 😁

debtsor
2 months ago

Gacy was an Democrat Precinct Committeeman.

Richard Poo Millersky
2 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

I know. He made the area famous. He appeared in a photo with Rosalyn Carter too. 😑

UnclePugsly
2 months ago

Hope all are enjoying the Democrat madness they voted for. I am certain more madness is to come.

CharlesEcho
2 months ago

The Governor is doing all he can without yet using force. Legal threats of denied insurance coverage. Withholding funding to Counties. Pulling the licenses of business, though wrongfully done it will take months or years to get them back, “legally”. Pritzker is showing his true colors. He’s the guy in charge, and he wants “you” to know it, to acknowledge it.

Governor of Alderaan
2 months ago

RESIST!!

Bob
2 months ago

Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against the tyrant to the north saying his extension was not legal. This is Illinois where even the courts are stacked and corrupt so its highly doubtful our SC would rule against Fat Boy. Wisconsin people stood up and fought it and fortunately they have a more conservative and less corrupt court. So as of now businesses will open with distancing being done not by law but there are some that feel its a good idea for now. Bars are open and restaurants too. There may be some modifications to placate the Karens of the state.… Read more »

Fur
2 months ago

Yeah…JB has exhausted his science and logic spiel. Its just propaganda now.

DantheMan
2 months ago

As a non Illinois resident, I am not impacted myself. That being said, it’s alarming that freedom can so easily be taken away in an entire state. On the other hand, the Illinois voters were completely free a year ago to choose their governor, so in a way, the voters themselves selected less freedom. So when you sit back and reflect on who is ultimately responsible for your situation, think about your neighbors that voted for Pritzker, and also look in the mirror if appropriate. Mark/Ted/Wirepoints can write daily articles about how bad Pritzker, Lightfoot, and other Dem leaders are… Read more »

Mike Williams
2 months ago
Reply to  DantheMan

Most of the people that voted for Pritzker (and/or Lightfoot) probably still think he is doing a good job, so nothing much would change if voters were given a second chance. That in a nutshell defines the Illinois core problem. That also explains why Illinois is a lost cause.

DantheMan
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

If the actuarial tables for life expectancy are correct, there’s a 50/50 chance I won’t be around to see what Illinois is like in 15 years. If I am around, I expect about a 10% decline in population, with lots of abandoned homes and small businesses. If I understand your second question correctly, you are asking how we can change the hearts and minds of the current liberal leaning voters, since that is how I (and Mike) define the core problem. This is something I’ve attempted to do myself with liberal friends and neighbors when I used to live in… Read more »

debtsor
2 months ago
Reply to  DantheMan

People consume the media that they want to hear, not the other way around. Illinois media is liberal because that’s what the people of IL want to hear. Our population is already liberal, because the city attracts the entire intersectional hierarchy pyramid, and they mostly believe politically the exact opposite of whatever the old white man is selling. The suburbs are becoming increasingly more liberal because of housing choices of immigrants and the foreign born, and because suburban woman who voted for Romney 8 years ago have turned on the orange man bad, and want abortion for everyone, everywhere, at… Read more »

J
2 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

A lot of the left-leaning states are also tilting toward insolvency. They wouldn’t opt for state bankruptcy even were it to be available. They may or may not vote-in Dem control of the national legislature — let’s assume not. Doesn’t this point to a reckoning on public employee compensation and retirement benefits? Or will the bond market sustain them indefinitely?

DantheMan
2 months ago
Reply to  J

J, I assume you are new here based on your question. If you really want to learn about what’s going on in Illinois, look thru prior articles on this site. Lately it has been largely focused on the virus however before that it showed exactly how badly funded the pensions are and it’s future impact to Illinois. The short answer to your question is “yes”, public employee compensation is headed to a day of reckoning. It’s just a matter of when.

Ann
2 months ago
Reply to  DantheMan

Dan the man you are so right. I did not vote for them but am stuck with them anyway. This is a Democrat state.

Karen
2 months ago
Reply to  DantheMan

Dont be so sure he was voted in legally.voter fraud has been rampant in Chicago for years.

Terri
2 months ago
Reply to  DantheMan

He won like all other northern democrats and East St. Louis – amazing how many dead people reach the polls on Election Day. Some vote more than once from different addresses. Illinois has to oust them- but Chicago always overrules the desire of the remainder of the state.

Illinois Entrepreneur
2 months ago

I’m getting real fatigued of Democrats who insist that there is no legitimate view outside of theirs.

This is an unprecedented situation. The models were all wrong. Your “science” and “logic” thus lost the trust of many people who were willing to give you the benefit of the doubt in the beginning.

And now, with this situation clearly politicized–frankly because YOU are the one who politicizes it nearly every day, Pritzker–it isn’t about “science” and “logic” anymore. It’s about whether we trust your motives.

That’s a failure of your leadership, not our failure to follow.

don
2 months ago

You know chicago will vote him in again.The big tax change,he will get that to.We left in 2018 and to a real and a free state.As the state is run that is how you worry about it all the time.In our new RED state life feels a lot better.

Riverbender
2 months ago
Reply to  don

That tax hike will provide a lot of dollars to be spent on buying votes from the pension interests and the free stuff army types.

MikeH
2 months ago
Reply to  Riverbender

A vicious cycle if ever there was one.

dom
2 months ago
Reply to  MikeH

We left in 2018.We are a free people in a southern state.You can be to!