By: Mark Glennon*

Governor JB Pritzker earlier made the extraordinary request for courts to rule that he may extend his sweeping emergency powers as long as he chooses, which would set a horrible precedent.

Tuesday he released his plan for reopening the state, called Restore Illinois, that likewise may delay that date forever.

The plan is senseless.

Extension of the plan’s logic would mean that countless activities we routinely engage in despite some level of risk should be banned until the risk is eliminated. For example, driving fatalities have dropped significantly due to travel restrictions now in place. Those travel restrictions should not be lifted, if the same thinking behind the plan is used, until cars are made entirely safe or fatalities drop to zero.

Under the plan, the state would not return to normalcy and the emergency rules would not be lifted – called Phase 5 under the plan — until various conditions are met. They might well never be met, and in any event likely would take many months.

Among those conditions are that a vaccine or highly effective treatment becomes widely available or there are no new cases whatsoever over a sustained period. But we don’t know whether or when a vaccine will ever become available. “Seventeen years after the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak and seven years since the first Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) case, there is still no vaccine despite dozens of attempts to develop them.”

Nor is there any indication that a “highly effective” treatment will become available within any reasonable time. The efficacy of the two now most frequently discussed candidates, Remedesivir and hydroxychloroquine, are questionable at best.

That means no full reopening until there are no new cases over a sustained period of time which, almost certainly, will never happen. Complete elimination is a goal that is both senseless and impossible.

Still more conditions must be met under the plan before we can return to normalcy, or even to advance to earlier phases. To move from Phase 3 to Phase 4 requires, among other things, contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in region.

But contract tracing means hiring what Pritzker called an “army” of new workers to track contact with victims, which will cost $80 million.  And how are we going to get 90% of victims to sign up for contact tracing? Won’t well more than 10% opt out of participating because of privacy concerns, whether real or imagined?

Moving from Phase 3 to Phase 4 would also require a positivity rate of no more than 20% increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period. I for one see no reliable significance in the positivity rate, which is the percentage of those getting tested who are positive for the disease. That number will be pushed and pulled in different directions depending on changes in where testing is concentrated, on whom and the volume of testing. If a particular region begins focusing on problem hotspots, for example, the rate would spike up, though that might not be representative of the region as a whole.

Each movement from one phase to another is subject to still other requirements that may be difficult to fulfill, which you can read in the plan.

The phases may be implemented by region, a feature no doubt resulting from criticism of Pritzker’s a one-size-fits all approach that clearly was not appropriate for rural areas with few infections. But regions under the new plan are huge – too huge to make any sense — just four for the whole state. The Chicago region, for example, includes rural areas of Grundy County far southwest of the city and McHenry County all the way to the Wisconsin border. Businesses in those areas are already complaining that the one-size-fits-all problem is not solved by Pritzker’s new plan.

Pritzker on Wednesday gave this answer to a question about what restaurants are supposed to do that have little hope under the plan that they could reopen before they go bankrupt: “Well, my first response to that is that I’m not the one that’s writing those rules for restaurants and bars, it is doctors and epidemiologists that I’m listening to.”

No, he makes the rules. It’s his plan. “The buck stops with me,” he said on April 8.

Insofar as he is relying on experts, he is picking which ones, and they evidently don’t include anybody who factors in lost lives from a devastated economy.

That’s perhaps the most frustrating position that many hold – failing to recognize that a poor economy kills people, too. You’d think that would be particularly obvious given the extensive publicity about Chicago’s life expectancy gap between rich and poor, the worst in the country. And decades of research have shown that people living in lower GDP economies have shorter life spans. We face a downturn perhaps as bad as the Great Depression, according to many experts, which will make most everybody poorer.

Let’s be clear: Nobody is advocating for full reopening now. Most of the social distancing measures common across the nation make sense for now, in my view. Strict caution should be taken by and on behalf of the high-risk groups – older people and those with known comorbidities. For younger people with no health problems, the risks are tiny. If, however, they are moving around in public, both they and those in high risk groups need to avoid the other.

Pick which experts you think are most credible. See what states have more balanced approaches. Look at alternative plans that will be coming. I am not judging any of that. The point, instead, is simply to say there’s one approach that’s clearly senseless, and that’s Pritzker’s.

*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.

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Lindsay Karnes
4 days ago

His plan is ridiculous. Especially phase 5. It’s my opinion that even if there were a vaccine, there is no way the majority of our population is going to trust it.
I’m Just trying to figure out why it is his goal to trash small businesses and ruin our economy.
Oh wait, I know what it is, FEDERAL BAIL OUT for our state, which has been mismanaged and corrupt for decades.
He doesn’t care about the people of this state. This whole thing is POLITICAL. And people are starting to WAKE UP and figure this out.
THANK GOD!

Joan E Bartelson
2 days ago
Reply to  Lindsay Karnes

The bad economy will be blamed on Trump. Pritzker is an @ss. The punishment he wanted to mete out to those who didn’t fall slavishly at his feet shows what a dictator he is. There’s nothing good about him.

Cindy
12 days ago

I spent the first 15 years of my life in Kankakee. I’m 63 and lived in Minnesota, Calif Bay Area and overseas and now in Georgia. Still don’t trust politicians.
These are not my daddy’s Democrats. I, personally, became a rabid Libertarian. It’s like theater in Washington DC and the price we are paying to watch the show is every dollar my grandchildren have.

Bruce Richardson
14 days ago

How can the “curve” flatten or go down when the only people being tested are those with symptoms. The testing should reflect a cross sampling of the population, not just people who are feeling ill from symptoms. Test everybody dudes.

Benicia
15 days ago

Has anyone noticed the contradiction inherent in applying herd immunity as a possible condition to “open up”? How is herd immunity achieved? When >60% of the population has been infected and has developed antibodies. So if no one is allowed to get sick, how will the state reach herd immunity?

debtsor
15 days ago
Reply to  Benicia

Herd immunity isn’t part of Morbidly Obese’s plan. His plan to completely reopen is:

1. Vaccine; or
2. Effective treatment; or
3. No new cases.

The #3 means that the disease just burns itself out as it mutates into a less lethal or virulent form. It doesn’t mean herd immunity, that’s why he’s keeping it all closed.

It’s an impossible criteria to meet because without herd immunity here, we will always be locked down, and get new cases, while at the same time, other places will have herd immunity and it will have burned out.

Chris
15 days ago

What, the coercive bureaucrats of government use a crisis to increase State power?
Unheard of.

joevabart
2 days ago
Reply to  Chris

Democrats plan ‘never let a crises go to waste.

Nice to read some logical comments. I personally laugh at the “scientific ” numbers and how they are used to make decisions. In Peoria Il., you couldn’t get a test 4-5 weeks ago unless you were ready to be admitted to the hospital. Now testing has gone up 20fold, duh..we have a lot more cases. And Cuomo is surprised the percentage of hospitalizations come from people staying home is 66%…duh again–there is a stay at home order, where did ya think the majority would be coming from? And I googled about these great new tests, and if the information I… Read more »

accept reality
16 days ago

When are ‘Spanky’ and ‘Buckwheat’ going to cut government expenses during this blight? We should start a petition that requires all non-essential govt employees be laid off, including our LEGISLATURE.

Lindsay Karnes
4 days ago
Reply to  accept reality

NO WAY. And how much is this new tracing system going to cost???? Millions.
All while stay employees, And the government employees are all being paid.
This whole Corona virus situation in Illinois is disgusting and disturbing.
We’re on to you Pritzker. You power hungry piece of crap.

joevabart
2 days ago
Reply to  Lindsay Karnes

Vote him out. No mail-in voting. Stand in line to vote against this obese slug. His wife and kids are on his 12 million dollar estate in Florida. He also has a place in Wisconsin. While he threatens us regarding our movements and our jobs and businesses.
He’s Hitler, but I think Hitler was brighter and wanted the best for Germany. Pritzker was to be the big guy. He thought eating would make it so for him.

joevabart
2 days ago
Reply to  accept reality

And our governor. Useless. And he is going to raise taxes, tax and spend.

accept reality
16 days ago

‘Spanky’ and ‘Buckwheat’ are in over their abilities. They hide behind numbers, but refuse to be influenced by anything but one factor—absolute caution! (the reliable shield for small-minded people). -How is it that Chicago gun violence continues despite the lockdown? What do ‘Spanky’ and ‘Buckwheat’ think will happen when the weather gets better and people are in tighter proximity? -The Chicago park barricades are completely ignored on warm days. What do ‘Spanky’ and ‘Buckwheat’ think will happen when the weather gets warmer and the parks and other outdoor venues remain closed? There will be a revolt and it cannot happen… Read more »

Lindsay Karnes
4 days ago
Reply to  accept reality

I AGREE. AND I’M AFRAID IT’S NOT GOING TO BE PRETTY.

Fed up neighbor
17 days ago

Alert everyone at wirepoints, looks like capital fax cronies and unions have infiltrated the site. All the positives are being wiped out. 😡 you cannot defeat the people on wirepoints.

Ben
17 days ago

Who cares about likes and dislikes. The fact they came on here and did that means they know what we are saying is true, and now they are acting like the spoiled children they really are. Cap Fax is a pathetic site full of lazy, fat public union workers bowing down to fat Rich and his rigged, corrupt site. Oswego Willy is the dumbest poster of all time, who reverts to the same dumb two or three answers for everything, then says he won’t comment further to someone because they are a troll when he has no way to prove… Read more »

Ben
17 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

The day the pensions are cut will be a fun day for me and many others. Rich Miller will be getting some e-mails for sure. Maybe he will shelter in place in a cave when that happens and never come out.

Ben
17 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Very true. Reality and math are also squelched there. Luckily, in real life they are not, which means their unsustainable pensions will not last much longer.

Richard Poo Millersky
15 days ago
Reply to  Ben

Who’s RNUG? 😑

debtsor
17 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Oswego Willy said today at 2:24 pm that not a single city employee should be laid off because they’re all essential. Everyone one of them. Then when someone pointed out that librarians should be laid off, his response was that the savings was inconsequential.

Ben
17 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

He truly is a complete idiot. I mean it when I say he is the dumbest poster I have ever seen regarding anything.

Flash413
16 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

If a library or beaches are closed, librarians and lifeguards are essential? Inconsequential savings? In the real world of private industry there is no such as “inconsequential savings.” Not so when the government is spending tax money.

David
17 days ago

People out of work businesses closing you think he cares he is still getting paid he don’t give a rats ass about you or me you better hope he doesn’t win again we are in real trouble.

Poor Taxpayer
17 days ago

Dying is a blessing compared to being enslaved by the greedy cops, teachers and firemen HUGE PENSIONS. It is a long miserable death. The virus just kills in a few days.
Try and change the law and you will be sue by the UNIONS.
It is a good thing that the pension people do not contribute to ILLINOIS STATE INCOME TAX.
They are your hero’s just ask them.

Bill
17 days ago
Reply to  Poor Taxpayer

The bad guys in this case are not the employees as you seem to think. It is criminally liable government executives named Daley, Emanuel, Pritzker and every other government official in Illinois that failed to pay into those pensions as required by law that need to be brought to justice.

Jeffery Skilling got 24 years for cheating Enron’s employees out of their pensions; why is there no talk of locking these dirtballs up for a similar amount of time?

joevabart
2 days ago
Reply to  Bill

As a retired Chicago teacher, I get one of those pensions. Nothing wrong with a pension for working close to 50 years at the same job. But the math for the pension was horrible when Thompson signed it. Compound interest on the pensions accrues big payout. Many suburban teachers were getting 6 figure pensions. That is wrong. Without throwing the baby out with the bathwater, some changes need to be made.

James
2 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Your argument here is right in an actuarial sense, but there’s more to be said. A lawsuit was brought maybe 18 or so years ago by an employee or pensioner who was seeking to increase the state’s level of funding for one of the pension systems (Chicago firemen, perhaps). The IL Supreme Court said he had no standing to be heard and dismissed the case. There were two reasons given. First, all pensions were being paid on time and in their full amount, so he was not an aggrieved party in the legal sense. Secondly, the IL Constitution specifies no… Read more »

Kathie Griner
17 days ago

Ok … I saw this too as I read it BUT What can WE Do to over ride Pritzker! Can we appeal to the President for Help?? Pritzker is doing this on purpose with plans to monitor Us and get our medical records! No Govenor should be allowed to RULE over people but its happening!! Again… What Can We Do!!!!’

Mike Williams
17 days ago
Reply to  Kathie Griner

Leave Illinois. It’s difficult, but worth it. Lot’s of us have already done it.

Lindsay Karnes
4 days ago
Reply to  Mike Williams

I WOULD LOVE TO LEAVE BUT NOT EVERYONE HAS THAT OPPORTUNITY.
My aging mother is in a facility in Illinois with dementia. We own our home I don’t want to start over.
But we have thought about it.

joevabart
2 days ago
Reply to  Lindsay Karnes

We’ve thought about it too. But the family keeps us here. Several in our family want to get out.

Polly Turpen
17 days ago

There may NEVER be a vaccine for COVID-19!!!

anonymous
15 days ago
Reply to  Polly Turpen

They thought there would be a vaccine for SARS or H1N1 or HIV –NOPE

debtsor
17 days ago

He said he uses science and data. Well, everyone uses science and data, but he’s interpreting it in the dumbest way possible. That’s his failure.

anonymous
17 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

Where is his medical degree. Even those with a medical or science degree have gotten the data all wrong. Does he know stats?

#RecallBobbleHeadJB
17 days ago
Reply to  anonymous

He does not understand basic math, finance, or statistics… He is great at handicapping a buffet…

Creighton Meland
18 days ago

Illinois has less than half the population of Texas but has twice as many COVID cases and three times as many deaths. In New York, 60% of the new cases are people strictly who sheltered in place. Instead of acknowledging the lockdown has failed, Pritzker doubles down, citing expert advice. Anyone can find an “expert” to say anything.

Lindsay Karnes
4 days ago

ALL HIS EXPERTS ARE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR.
It’s really disgusting and quite frankly most of us have had ENOUGH. Open the state back up you moron.

Tim Newman
18 days ago

Let’s be frank. The plan, alongside NY and CA is to leave the economy in ruins leading up to the election. Additionally in Illinois, there is an incentive for Governor Jumbo to do his part in the hope that the Democrats sweep the White House and the Senate so he has a more sympathetic audience to resurrect the plea for the $40B bailout of this God-awful state to keep the music going, including $10B for public pensions.

Hank Scorpio
18 days ago
Reply to  Tim Newman

Yep. They are going to try and run the clock out and hope for a Biden victory. That means many more months of lockdown. Just look at how everyone was quick to shoot down the hcq because Trump spoke publicly about it. They want this to drag out.

debtsor
17 days ago
Reply to  Hank Scorpio

They need to be careful what they wish for. The Democrats got their preferred candidate, Biden, and he’s drooling on himself in his basement right now, and he can’t pull out of a statistical tie with Trump. It’s only getting worse for him too.

Never underestimate the stupidity of the Democrat establishment. Their track record is right out in the open for everyone to see.

Mike Williams
17 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

Thank goodness the American people as a whole are a little bit wiser than the typical Illinois resident.

debtsor
17 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

As an admin, you’re like a superdelegate..your votes count more than just one…

Lindsay Karnes
4 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

TRUE. PEOPLE WILL VOTE FOR HIM EVEN THOUGH HE’S INCOMPETENT AND CAN’T COMPLETE A COHERENT SENTENCE.
THIS IS BEYOND SAD AND DISTURBING.

Lindsay Karnes
4 days ago
Reply to  Tim Newman

I agree 100%, that’s what he’s expecting.
I’m pretty sure President Trump said no bailouts for sanctuary states / cities.
I’m hoping he sticks to it.

joevabart
2 days ago
Reply to  Lindsay Karnes

I couldn’t believe the states that said they were Sanctuary states. Helping illegals. That’s against the law. Trump said that if some of the governors weren’t sensible, he would step in. Go, Trump!!

Fed up neighbor
18 days ago

Just like to add, great job to all on the comments about the published article. Maybe we should run for office??

Ben
18 days ago

We all have more power than we think; we really do. More and more people will not follow this order every single day. We end the order, not Pritz.

Mike Williams
17 days ago
Reply to  Ben

Sorry…Can’t help with ending the Pritz order. I’m no longer an Illinois resident.

Ben
17 days ago
Reply to  Mike Williams

I wish I gave a shit where you lived, but I don’t.

Ben
18 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Thanks for all the great you do Mark. I also really think that part of taking the state back is exposing guys like Rich Miller who actually are tied in with and paid by the state (the Machine) itself. The state, from what I have heard and read numerous times, pays at least 100k for Cap Fax subscriptions. Prizker himself pays for one from what I know. I would love for you to write up something about Corrupt Fax that is for Crain’s. Wow, that would be fun.

Mike Williams
18 days ago

Lot’s of heated comments. I wonder how many of them are from people that voted for Pritzker. So many seem surprised that he is either incompetent and/or a political hack and want him gone. Well, tough luck Illinois, he isn’t going anywhere. Go ahead, get angry, hurl insults, but you know it’s true. So decide now. Accept the fact that you live in the worst governed state or get out. There is no realistic third option. Illinois never recovered from the last recession because of it’s incompetent, corrupt leaders. Now we have another recession and the same people (or worse)… Read more »

Dan
18 days ago
Reply to  Mike Williams

Agreed, we along with 5 other friends have all recently bought places in Florida, Enjoy everyone that voted for Pritzker. After Daley retried and Bruce Rauner Failed, that was the last hope. Wonder why Amazon didn’t want to come to a world class city………

Linda
17 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Say hi to Pritzker’s wife while you’re down there. The one that he won’t allow the media to ask questions about. I thought she was supposed to be the first lady of the state?

debtsor
4 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Rauner is in FL too.

Joe Skibinski
17 days ago
Reply to  Mike Williams

The guv’s is more a reflection upon the failure of Illinois Republican Party over the last decade than a successful election of a democrat.

debtsor
4 days ago
Reply to  Joe Skibinski

Not sure if that’s the case. IL Democrats for the most part won’t vote Republican, ever. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the northern half of the state. Most Republicans have left the state and were partially replaced by the foreign born, who all vote Democrat. I don’t think there is anything the Republican party could have done when they were gerrymandered out of existence based upon the 52/48 results of the 2010 election. That was the final nail in the coffin.

Lindsay Karnes
4 days ago
Reply to  Mike Williams

I haven’t found one person I know who will admit that they voted for this ass wipe.
I’m beginning to wonder if anyone really did vote for this prick. 😕

Pat
18 days ago

I doubt Governor Pritzker has ever had to worry about paying a bill, or having money for food, rent or mortgage. He has no frame of reference for what his edicts are doing to working people.
Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Governor of Alderaan
18 days ago
Reply to  Pat

Jabba has dealt with plenty of financial strain. You’re forgetting the time Jabba went to buy himself a new Lamborghini but daddy’s credit card had a $200,000 limit so he had to settle for a Porsche

Flash413
16 days ago
Reply to  Pat

It’s painfully apparent that he’s never been short on food money.

Jake
18 days ago

Pritzker has imposed “rules”, not laws. Rules are not coded into statute, while laws are. If restaurants and so-called “non-essential” businesses decided to practice civil disobedience and open Pritzker has little legal ground to stand on. Make no mistake, the police are pimped into enforcing these rules. Local sheriffs may not, however. Pritzker has created these rules using the science of throwing a dart at a dartboard.

Danny Burnham
18 days ago

Typhoid Mary wasn’t a patriot.

Jake
18 days ago

Will some timid nimrod of a reporter ask who the “science” experts Pritzker is using to destroy the state? I’m thinking his science is straight from the DNC.

Governor of Alderaan
18 days ago
Reply to  Jake

His science is straight from Beijing

Dona Quirke
18 days ago

Your article is right on about the nonsensical plan that Pritzger has put in place to reopen Illinois. I am sending an email to each of the members of the Illinois House and Senate asking for their oversight on his plan. As you mentioned, it doesn’t make any sense. I am also contacting AG Barr on a daily basis via phone and email to ask for his involvement Pritzger has put complex measurements into his plan with nothing more than his review of the stats to execute the next phases. We cannot tolerant his tyrannical actions. We are a Government… Read more »

Joan
18 days ago
Reply to  Dona Quirke

Good! That’s what we need is the US attorney general doing something. This has gone totally out of control and is pure tyranny.

Rena Allen
18 days ago
Reply to  Dona Quirke

I thought at one point Trump said that if the governors over reached their authorities Barr they would step in. That they/Barr were keeping a close I on things. Have you heard back from the AG? Do you believe the federal government will step in?

Lindsay Karnes
4 days ago
Reply to  Dona Quirke

I HAVE SENT MANY EMAILS AND MADE MANY PHONE CALLS.

Manfred Downstate
18 days ago

I haven’t yet studied JB’s “Restore Illinois” plan–I guess I am getting lazy and was hoping Wirepoints would ‘splain it all to me . . . so Thanks! A regional approach to coronavirus/COVID-19 in Illinois always sounded entirely reasonable to me. (Iowa has done this by county or groups of counties–more or less differentiating the restrictions between urban and rural areas.) I should have been more worried that when it came to Illinois, the concept would go off the rails when JB and his “experts” conjured the enacting decree. Not much in the state or national directives, orders, etc. has… Read more »

Lindsay Karnes
4 days ago

Had to share your video. Need a little laugh this morning, because generally I turn on the mainstream media and I’m PISSED OFF before I get out of my bed.

Jane Akright
18 days ago

Hes nothing but a bully and a people control freak!

Mark Durante
18 days ago

This is absolutely ludicrous the man’s moron is a tyrant and we need to have him stop he should be impeached you’ll be no state left if we leave him in charge I am available for any necessary assistance He does not care about anything except a public sector and moving up in the Democrat partyLet’s stop him now!

UnclePugsly
18 days ago

Pritzker needs to be nullified. First the emergency powers must be struck. Next, the Legislature needs to get off his backside and get to work reopening the state before permanent deep damage is done.

debtsor
18 days ago
Reply to  UnclePugsly

Well, that’s what needs to be done. What will they do instead? They’re more concerned with strengthening abortion laws than doing anything. Remember, something like 50% of IL races are uncontested. Maybe there was a primary challenge, but in November, there won’t even be a way to vote these bums out of office. I know in my district in the northwest suburbs there isn’t anyone running against the senate or house rep. My only ‘choice’ is the unopposed Democrat. This is not democracy. This is the tyranny of a one-party rule.

Linda
18 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

I hope you run as Republican.

debtsor
18 days ago
Reply to  Linda

For what? So my Democrat opponent, who gets 55% of the votes (in past elections) can dip into his million dollar war chest and mail dozens of high-gloss political placards insulting me to every household in my district in the weeks before the election? The last Republican to run had a shoestring budget and was slaughtered by political ads. They were brutal too – the most unflattering pictures, face next to trump, talked only about ending the woman’s right to choose. Every day for weeks on end I got them in the mail as did every other household in my… Read more »

Richard Poo Millersky
18 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

On the flip side of abortion, if it was illegal again, even more kids would be abused, neglected and starved. ☹️

A
17 days ago

So murder them before they are born just in case? Terrible reasoning

Richard Poo Millersky
17 days ago
Reply to  A

I agree it’s terrible, but having more unwanted kids who usually wind up abused, neglected and starved hurts those kids forever in some way. 😩

17 days ago

if unwanted, there is adoption. Plenty of people want to adopt, but not enough babies in this country

Kenneth Smith
6 days ago

That argument is totally false! That is the same argument pro-death advocates used to legalize infanticide!

accept reality
18 days ago

“Spanky’ Pritzker has three vested interests in keeping IL locked down:
1. He is not accustomed to quick or imaginative thinking. Such people always choose the most cautious and painful decision to NOT make a decision that has risks.
2. He is angling to make the State so financially devastated that he can get Federal bailouts and his precious graduated income tax.
3. He and his family are thriving not suffering. I would rather have him in Florida, bending horse spines than in IL breaking the bank.

UnclePugsly
18 days ago
Reply to  accept reality

@ar Allowing #2 to happen is the opposite of stewardship – it’s basically gambling. #3 is there so that Pritzker can quickly change his state residency.

Transparent Illinois
18 days ago

These Doctors are treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients effectively with cheap and readily available medication – https://covid19criticalcare.com/ Isn’t this what JB needs to get to “Phase 5”? We could be there today if he didn’t just listen to his Doctors that play into his shut down and tracing agenda.

Donald Brotz
18 days ago

Great article, this is what happens when someone like Pritzker has no skin in the game. He gets voted out who cares he heads to his house in Florida or Bahamas. He’ll leave Illinois behind in worst shape and it rolls off his back.

Fed up neighbor
18 days ago

I would like to see just one reporter one go after Pritzker and corner him into telling the truth, put him on the spot. But non of the tv stations in Chicago 2,5,7,9,32 have absolutely no balls to confront this idiot. All they do is kiss as_ never ever tell the other side of the story, and if they do they cut it short of the real facts. This must end soon in this state or yes there’re will be total social unrest and this could get nasty people have had enough of the lies. Dr. Ezike mentioned at yesterday’s… Read more »

Ben
18 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

But I hope you are not surprised about our weak, biased media. The fact there most likely won’t ever be a vaccine, and that no one has asked fat Pritz about that, says it all.

debtsor
18 days ago
Reply to  Ben

Maybe they’re asking tough questions at the news conferences, it’s not clear, because they’re all submitted via email or twitter, reviewed by a moderator, and then read out loud to the gov. The ‘hard’ questions may be submitted but not read out loud. Which would be right up JB’s alley, unlike Trump, who will answer any moronic questions thrown to him by the reporters.

Ben
18 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

Maybe. But no one seems to want to face the quite real chance there won’t be a vaccine ever. We can’t have having a vaccine be any part of re-opening at all. That has to be dropped, and in time it will, but it should never be a part of any plan in the first place. As far as a treatment, that may never happen either. Something that may never happen can’t be a part of re-opening.

debtsor
18 days ago
Reply to  Ben

The state is merely collateral damage to his social justice warriorring. But you’re right, there may never be an effective vaccine or treatment. The best treatment might be, realistically, to be as healthy as possible, and get that BMI down below 25, because obesity seems to be the biggest factor (other than age) for getting sick and dying. But JB himself can’t make such a suggestion because he can’t practice what he preaches. I’ve never seen even once in his or anyone’s discussion for obese people to use this time off to lose weight. I do see a few wiser… Read more »

Ben
18 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

My aunt is a doctor who actually warned my dad and my family about this virus back in February. She told me that fat to very fat people are at very high risk with this virus, and I of course thought of America right away. Being healthy most certainly is the number one way to feel better about getting this virus, which I think almost all of us will, or have already. I do think the vaccine and treatment talk is mostly pandering, but in time that will have to go away, and sooner than later. As as I said… Read more »

ConcernedExpat
18 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Did you read the Tribune editorial? They finally called him out for shifting the goal posts.

Yoz
18 days ago
Reply to  ConcernedExpat

It was still kind of weak criticism in my opinion. More interesting to me was the article discussing views of various fine arts leaders. While unable to bite the hand that feeds them, they nonetheless criticized Pritzker’s plan by euphemistically suggesting the need for more flexibility.

WPZ
18 days ago

The reason there’s no journalism being committed on Pritzker is because all those people are angling for government jobs, better than the corporate media jobs they’re in.
They want to butter the guy and his minions up so they can get attention and a full-pay, no-firing, full-pension gig. They aren’t going to antagonize their hoped-for golden goose.

Yoz
18 days ago

Pritzker is in a bind because he relied on polling instead of good epidemiology. After our initial over-reaction, he looked at the polls and embraced a non-viable containment strategy, in which transmission rates aren’t dropping fast enough to make it work. Since this virus is going to stick around, containment will fail, and he will be blaming everyone but himself for not accepting the reality that mitigation and not containment was the right approach. Further, we’ll be in worse shape once this reckoning happens, because after summer weather’s mitigating impact is over, we’ll have less people immune because of his… Read more »

debtsor
18 days ago
Reply to  Yoz

There is no such thing as good epidemiology, as we’ve all learned from this debacle. Pritzker made a bad political calculation too. Trump outplayed JB by allowing each state to have their own strategy. The red states are clearly doing much, much better than the blue states with tyrannical governors. JB can blame Trump all he wants, but at the end of the day, JB’s own blue state policies have caused his failure, the feds have got nothing to do with it. And every red state in the nation knows that too.

Yoz
18 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

No good epidemiology? There are numerous epidemiologists who have advised against extending lockdowns, not only here, but also in Europe as well. In Sweden, we’ve see epidemiologists avoid lockdown as a policy all together. Containment, where one tries to isolate and eliminate a disease, isn’t justified based on the actual mortality estimates we’ve learned about COVID-19, as well as its wide-spread prevalence. Instead, the better approach is a mitigation strategy where one tries to control the rate of the spread and who it affects. Those states re-opening their economies are switching to a mitigation strategy. Pritzker’s 5-phase plan on the… Read more »

debtsor
17 days ago
Reply to  Yoz

“No good epidemiology? There are numerous epidemiologists who have advised against extending lockdowns, not only here, but also in Europe as well. In Sweden, we’ve see epidemiologists avoid lockdown as a policy all together.”

There might be a good one in there somewhere, but not many. Sweden did lock down to some degree, with old people, and large gatherings and reduced capacity.

But you are right, JB is embracing junk science to serve his progressive junk science and his ‘invisible knapsack of white privilege’ worldview.

ConcernedExpat
18 days ago

The British Royal Family stayed at Buckingham Palace while getting bombed during WWII. By doing so, earned the respect of the entire country.

JB Pritzker’s wife leaves for Florida during a shelter-in-place to ride horses.

Speaks for itself.

Moses
18 days ago

I wish I had a second home in another state, then, like your wife and family I could fly off, leave Illinois with the uncompromising destructive economical and personal permanent devastation and call my “flying to a second home” essential. Shame on you governor! You live by An EXTREME double standard … one for YOUR family and one for the majority of the families suffering in Illinois. And I bet you say to yourself, “ I am only doing this to save your life and the life of countless others!” You have no idea what your dictatorship is doing to… Read more »

Bill
18 days ago

The other day I suggested that Pritzker’s own wealth should be the deep pocket that the small businesses that are harmed by his idiocy go after. That is clearly not going to be enough. Liability for this idiots actions also rests with the people that funded his run for Governor. Anyone that gave more than $1,000.00 should be held proportionately liable for this mess that he is creating.

Billions of dollars are being lost because of him, let him and the other billionaires that put him there now foot the bill.

DantheMan
18 days ago

Does anyone remember prohibition and how that worked out?

Mike
18 days ago
Reply to  DantheMan

Ironically, with lots of people dying in Illinois, particularly Chicago!

Illinois Entrepreneur
18 days ago

‘“Well, my first response to that is that I’m not the one that’s writing those rules for restaurants and bars, it is doctors and epidemiologists that I’m listening to.”’ JB is a “pass-the-buck” kind of guy. He’s supposedly a man who–behind the scenes–avoids confrontation like the plague. He doesn’t like to fight. Path of least resistance. Whine about Trump. Someone or something is responsible for the big decisions — he’s just the messenger, folks. He’s like the CEO in corporate America who always blames “outside conditions out of our control” for pay cuts and layoffs and lower bonuses, but then… Read more »

Bob
18 days ago

We elected a coward for sure. But we did NOT elect “epedemiologists” or “doctors”. They do not write laws. We are not working with laws here. Enough of this. I have a sinking feeling that this thing is going to light off soon.

WPZ
18 days ago
Reply to  Bob

I would respectfully submit we did not elect this guy- he was selected by the powers-that-be and rammed down our gullets. We had no choice.
Bruce Rauner was as good a governor as we could get, but that wasn’t very good, and with the entire media machine running him into the mud on a daily basis in support of the Party, he was simply not in a position to get anything done.
It was a valiant effort, Mr. Rauner, but the Party is just too big to resist.

ConcernedExpat
18 days ago

I was shocked when I read his quote about not writing the rules. What a terrible leader Jabba is. He makes radical decisions such as these and then deflects and/or lashes out when folks question he decisions. He is truly a guy who has never had to make hard decisions in his life and you can tell that in his reactions over the past couple of weeks.

Pritzker is our Neville Chamberlain – a failed leader in a time of crisis.

Could you imagine Winston Churchill in a crisis like this? What has our government come to.

Ben
18 days ago

This plan won’t last very long. Once every state around us is open it will be game over. Plus, people simply aren’t going to follow the rules anywhere in any state for much longer. All of this is very unrealistic past a few months, and we are already past that. Warm weather and reality says people won’t keep doing this. Less and less are right now.

DantheMan
18 days ago
Reply to  Ben

Very good comment Ben.

UnclePugsly
18 days ago
Reply to  Ben

People are actually obligated to not follow illegal ‘rules’ – That’s America.

Benicia
18 days ago
Reply to  Ben

Anybody up for a trip to Indiana for a haircut?