By: Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner

A New York Times article provides a fresh state-by-state look at which states are reopening and which are still shut down due to COVID-19. Notably, Illinois was one of the first to shut down and it will be one of the last to reopen. 

Illinois was one of only eight states to have shut down as early as March 23. Nearly two months later, Illinois is just one of four states “to remain on lockdown, with stay-at-home orders in place and most businesses shuttered,” according to a New York Times comparison as of May 15. Michigan, New Jersey and Delaware were the other three states.

Illinois’ position has become even more extreme in recent days. Gov. Pritzker has just added new emergency rules that threaten jail time to any business owner found violating the governor’s shutdown orders.

At Wirepoints, we’ve often documented what a national outlier Illinois is fiscally. So it is, also, with Gov. Pritzker’s emergency order and reopening plan, which are beyond what nearly all other states are doing. 

Thirty-one states are already reopening, while 11 other states are reopening on a regional basis. Six additional states – Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico and Vermont – are set to reopen next week.

A separate state-to-state comparison recently released by Statista shows death rates by state per 100,000 people. Illinois has the ninth-worst COVID-19 fatality rate in the country, at 29 per 100,000 in population. New York (140), New Jersey (107), Connecticut (85) and Massachusetts (75) top the nation’s list.

Despite higher death rates than Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania are already reopening in some areas, Connecticut and Massachusetts are reopening soon, and Louisiana and Rhode Island are already fully reopening. 

Of the nine-worst states, only Michigan and New Jersey join Illinois in maintaining a lockdown.

Looking at the map of reopenings, you can tell governors around the country are using science and data that Gov. Pritzker continues to ignore: the cost, in lives and livelihoods, of shutdowns. 

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Sheilla
5 days ago

There has to be a way to get Pritzker out of office and out of Illinois before he destroys us all!

Sheilla
5 days ago

there has to be a way to get this man out of office and out of Illinois before he destroys us all together!!!!!

Joe Grave
6 days ago

Waiting for the feds huge handout to bail Illinois out. Madigan and the rest are looking at it like Christmas !

jim lannon
6 days ago

Please allow us to exercise the rights granted to us by the constitution. We are adults, we can protect ourselves.. I took a chance just driving to work today.

Alex Gbur
6 days ago

He needs to be removed!
If we need to sign a petition, or do whatever? Let’s do it!
I hate this triple fat, Jaba the Hut, piece of garbage!
Impeach Pritzker!!

6 days ago
Reply to  Alex Gbur

i agree

Jim Davila
6 days ago

Get rid of Pigster,he thinks he’s a Hitler!

Maxine Shores
6 days ago

Pritzker committed political suicide and will never be elected to any other position of authority again. He’s the most hated man in Illinois

Susan Procko
6 days ago
Reply to  Maxine Shores

He doesn’t care if he’s reelected. He’s making an insane amount of money off of this.

Maxine Shores
6 days ago

Pritzker is the most hated man in Illinois! He committed political suicide! He will never hold any political position again!

6 days ago
Reply to  Maxine Shores

no kidding

debtsor
6 days ago
Reply to  Maxine Shores

Yet the ‘always vote blue, no matter who’ crowd loves the man! he created mobile abortion vehicles to bring abortion to your town, and every town across the state! he legalized marijuana ! And now he wants to amended the constitution (something not done in generations) so he can tax you even more!

Heather Palmer
6 days ago

To: jcar@ilga.gov Subject: Pritzker’s New Emergency Rule issued on Friday, 5/15/2020 Dear Committee Members: As a citizen of the state of Illinois, I strongly urge you to REJECT Governor Pritzker’s plan to extend his actions against the citizens of our state with a new emergency rule that he issued on Friday, 5/15/2020. https://news.wttw.com/2020/05/16/pritzker-creates-new-tier-punishment-businesses-ignoring-covid-19-order. He is doing irreparable harm to the state’s economy and damaging the lives of thousands of residents here mentally, physically, and economically. Rather than lead by example, he has chosen the “do as I say, not as I do” mantra, a significant character flaw for any leader.… Read more »

Amy Heinecke
6 days ago
Reply to  Heather Palmer

Last time I looked it was a free country

6 days ago
Reply to  Heather Palmer

i have said the same thing but they will not go against him and Madigan who runs the fat little puke our best bet is get them to do what Wisconsin did

6 days ago

To: jcar@ilga.gov Subject: Pritzker’s New Emergency Rule issued on Friday, 5/15/2020 Dear Committee Members: As a citizen of the state of Illinois, I strongly urge you to REJECT Governor Pritzker’s plan to extend his actions against the citizens of our state with a new emergency rule that he issued on Friday, 5/15/2020. https://news.wttw.com/…/pritzker-creates-new-tier-punishmen…. He is doing irreparable harm to the state’s economy and damaging the lives of thousands of residents here mentally, physically, and economically. Rather than lead by example, he has chosen the “do as I say, not as I do” mantra, a significant character flaw for any leader.… Read more »

Leatha Wood
6 days ago

The Illinois Governor has called the IL Legislature into session this Wed. to vote on Pritzker’s Emergency Rule which will extend the Governor’s authority, legally allowing him to LOCK US DOWN for 150 days. Violators can be fined and jailed up to 1 year and businesses will lose their license. If you want to get involved, it doesn’t get any easier than this…. You can send an email to the IL legislature committee voting on this Emergency Rule at the below email address. You can copy/paste the below letter or draft your own. Time to act is NOW to protect… Read more »

Sherrie Jacobs
6 days ago
Reply to  Leatha Wood

PLEASE vote NO to further lockdown! Downstate Illinois is suffering as failing businesses are happening!

sharon hannan
6 days ago
Reply to  Sherrie Jacobs

open up Illinois

Fed up neighbor
6 days ago
Reply to  Leatha Wood

Wonderful assessment about are current situation in Illinois, I’ve emailed Allen Skillicorn who is on the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules and will be at Wednesday’s hearing about Pritzker’s emergency rule. This man are governor is just being vindictive for some reason, who is he trying to impress, Washington hardly not he has burned to many bridges now. He has criticized Trump every signal day at his daily press conferences, such a poor leader

Bonnie Gibson
6 days ago
Reply to  Leatha Wood

Open up Illinois

Candy Haney
6 days ago

Get Pritzker out, we need a new Gov ASAP preferably a Republican and someone who doesn’t counteract what he tells the state, he bankrupting us please open illinois

Ellen LaPlant
6 days ago

I wish he could be the governor of Chicago and leave us in the rest of the state alone. It’s because the rules don’t apply to him or his family and being filthy rich they probably never have.

Irene Ramirez
6 days ago

GET HIM OUT ALREADY, I WISH SOMEONE WOULD SAVE US FROM THIS EVIL THING!!!

Sharon Peterson
6 days ago

We need help. This Governor needs to be stopped.

Pam Szajek-Brandes
7 days ago

Is there any way to stop this? He is destroying our state one business at a time. While his family prospers and ignore the laws.

Marilyn Carrigan
7 days ago

Why is Illinois more vulnerable to this Pandemic than other States and other countries? Sweden and Germany have proven, quarantine is not necessary. The WHO have admitted they have added false data i.e. the actual cause of death vs. any person dying with similar symptom, to inflame the fear factor. Let the people of Illinois resume their lives and livelyhood. Stop with the lies and spread of communist behavior.

Earl
7 days ago

He already has enough power to abuse! Dont give him anymore!!

Donna Williams
7 days ago

We need to get the state of Illinois open. Our govenor is abusing his powers in office by threatening the people of Illinois. All the states around Illinois are opening up so please I’m asking you to look into this matter to get out state opened back up before the people of Illinois loose everything they have worked for their whole lives. Thank you Donna Williams

Matt
7 days ago

Does anyone else find it ironic the far left is taking the abstinence only approach to public health? Can you imagine if in 1985, a Texas judge banned/criminalized sex outside of marriage until a cure for AIDS was found?

If our leaders were only concerned about public health, they would try for highly effective but less intrusive hygiene measures and work with business owners to find a balance. The original “flatten the curve” is supposed to be just that.

Scherry Dattilo
7 days ago

Open Illinois he’s killing our economy, we aren’t all in Shitcago……

Linda Frano
7 days ago

Illinois is a joke. Pritzker is a joke. He listens to Madigen and that man does not care about the people in Illinois. He is probably the most crooked politician in the state. Whoever votes blue you get what u deserve. Wake up people. Trump 2020.

Nancy
7 days ago

OPEN UP ILLI OIS!!!!!!! THIS IS ALL BS

Stan the Man
7 days ago

He wants the Federal $’s he is gambling that he can get something from them. It ain’t going to happen folks. So get ready to do a mass exodus out of here.

Kitkatpattywack
6 days ago
Reply to  Stan the Man

Can’t wait for that fat bastard to take his last breath.

Admin
6 days ago

Easy on the language, please.

RepublicansHaveMashedPotatoBrains
6 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Wait — don’t we have “rights?” Free speach!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RepublicansAreBrainwashed
6 days ago

Can’t wait until all you dumb fuck right wingers take your last breaths so we can move forward with a civilized fucking nation.

Admin
6 days ago

Last warning. Either clean up the language and offer something constructive to the debate or you’re out.

debtsor
5 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

That’s just trolling when someone posts that they are waiting for your death outside of the actuarial context of ending pension payments.

Fed up neighbor
5 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Don’t let rich millers people get to us, just ban them now sir

Riverbender
5 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Why do the leftists tend to rely on the F-word constantly? To me it immediately renders any opinion expressed totally worthless.

Debbie May
7 days ago

We all know that Pritzker is power hungry and he is basing Illinois on Chicago. Just like he bases all of his decisions. Bad Jaba!!!

Rebecca Mernack
7 days ago

Pritzker has an inerest in some companies that are making the tests, that are analysing tests, and also that relay the information.

Sandra Smiley
7 days ago

He’s nuts.
We were already in trouble from other governor’s
He’s just making it worse.
Hes greedy

Xxxxxxx
7 days ago

Shutdown Chicago but don’t make the rest of the state continue to be shutdown … He is making the whole State loose revenue & becoming more broke even more…As soon as I can I’m moving out of this state like a lot of other ones are doing.. We are the highest taxed state already… Illinois years ago used to be a great state but not anymore….
I’ve had it with all this … all because of Cook County (Chicago area)…

Stan the Man
7 days ago
Reply to  Xxxxxxx

People don’t learn, communities that should be home are not. That’s the reason the rest of the state is so jacked up. So one rotten apple ruins the whole cart..🤦‍♂️

Governor of Alderaan
7 days ago

Illinois is more a joke than an outlier

Kevin Gerrard
7 days ago

It turns out our greedy Governor owns several companies profiting off this Pandemic. No wonder he’s wanting to continue having us held hostage by quarantine. https://www.mom-at-arms.com/post/illinois-governor-pritzker-backed-companies-profiting-off-of-covid-19 https://www.mom-at-arms.com/post/illinois-governor-pritzker-backed-companies-profiting-off-of-covid-19p

Lindsay Karnes
7 days ago
Reply to  Kevin Gerrard

It’s disgusting. And people need to know this

Why is this piece of s*** in office?
Who that home voted for him?
Seriously. I cannot find one person who admits they voted for this piece of crap.

debtsor
7 days ago
Reply to  Lindsay Karnes

You don’t live in my area: they always vote blue no matter who

Jackie Meier
7 days ago

It is because he has an agenda… line his pockets and to hell with the citizens. He wants to make money by requiring testing from his Covid Testing company, his pot sales and trying to scam money from the federal government . He doesn’t care about the people of IL who don’t have trust funds like him. He and his family are above the rules.

UnclePugsly
8 days ago

Soon Pritzker will form his own schutzstaffel to go after people who won’t comply with his ‘orders’. I’m certain their are AFSCME members who would jump at that opportunity.

Nancy Posily
8 days ago
Reply to  UnclePugsly

If someone comes after me for breaking his so-called law. He can go to hell and better bring a gun with him or whoever he sends. I’m sure 90 percent of S I’ll will be doing the same thing. I will go anywhere I damned well please

Kristin
7 days ago
Reply to  Nancy Posily

DITTO…HE IS A CRAZY, PSYCHOTIC, GREEDY, CORRUPT, PIECE OF SHIT. SCREW HIM AND HIS SO CALLED RULES…..

6 days ago
Reply to  Kristin

to bad they don’t take it to the Supreme Court

joe blow
7 days ago
Reply to  UnclePugsly

you guys are just a few steps away from requiring a Propiska in order to be allowed to freely move within your state… these clowns don’t come up with their ideas on their own, they just recycle old soviet communist ideas

Illinois Entrepreneur
8 days ago

The reason this is happening is political. Not political because they want something, but political because they don’t fear us. After years of fiscal wreckage and completely destroying this state with a three year budget stalemate and agreeing to zero taxpayer-friendly reforms proposed by Rauner, they were rewarded with the governorship and a supermajority in the legislature. This tells them that there is no level of malfeasance that will kick them out of office in Illinois. There is no substantive GOP here. Nothing to worry about, and that’s why they don’t care what you think of their shutdown policy. And… Read more »

debtsor
8 days ago

“because they are too cowardly to meet and legislate it. ”

Our legislators are lazy and want to ‘work’ from home. Sen. Harmon’s wife is the managing partner of an international law firm, making in excess of $1,000,000 a year. Do you think he’s in a rush to get back to work? They’re still getting paid, and they’re not incurring expenses otherwise incurred in Springfield. They have more money in their pocket today than they did 4 months ago.

Freddy
8 days ago

To add insult to injury laws were made to keep them in office indefinitely. Gerrymandering/political maps/more than 50% running unopposed/sham candidates and all this to represent maybe 8% of the population not including immediate family unless they also are employed by the state. Who represents the remaining? No one! I hate to give them credit but they are what we the taxpayers are not. Organized. No structure whatsoever for taxpayers. No taxpayers union. We are on our own. If we have a grievance with local taxing bodies we do it ourselves or hire legal council but they also have legal… Read more »

debtsor
8 days ago
Reply to  Freddy

“No one! I hate to give them credit but they are what we the taxpayers are not. Organized.”

only in an insane crazy world should the citizens of IL organize against their own government which has stolen the levers of power to indefinitely control the legislature.

Freddy
8 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

So you are saying that taxpayers have no right to organize. We are way past an insane crazy world. We are in Bizzaro Land. We the taxpayer need to have representation in public contract negotiations. Have you tried to go to school contract? I have. Not allowed in unless I am a teacher. Not even the media-mayor-governor are allowed in these meetings. Totally closed to the public. Never open to public scrutiny until contract is ratified. Then it’s too late. With private institutions fine but with public the taxpayers should have a say. Jim Tobin(Taxpayers United) had some success in… Read more »

debtsor
7 days ago
Reply to  Freddy

No, I agree with you! we live in a crazy world. In most states, our representatives represent the people, the tax payer. But in IL, the reps, because they run uncontested, they don’t represent us, they only represent their special interests. Which is why you want to organize against our own government. We shouldn’t have to do that if our representatives actually did their jobs. But they’ve gerrymandered themselves into a supermajority and they only have to care for themselves.

Richard Brroberg
7 days ago
Reply to  Freddy

Illinois is in FUBAR land.

debtsor
8 days ago

Ironically, Cook County has exceed Queens county NY as the new epicenter of red death in the US. Cook County has more cases than anywhere else not because we didn’t shut down, but BECAUSE we shut down. It should be painfully and lethally obvious, to even the most casual observers, that paradoxically, those locales that shut down the the earliest and the most strict, surely ended up with the most cases and deaths. Confining high risk families to cramped households, prevent them from going outside (sunshine kills the virus), is just condemning the most vulnerable to certain death. J Beluga’s… Read more »

Nosey
6 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

While mostly in agreement with your comments, I do have to interject to say that sunlight does not “kill” COVID-19.

Mike Williams
8 days ago

I’ll say this. Illinois is consistent. It always ranks last or close to last.

MikeH
8 days ago

Other states are reopening while our gov continues throwing a temper tantrum at businesses owners who dare to defy his ego. Only in Illinois.