Governor JB Pritzker and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton announced on Tuesday Illinois’ “Healing Illinois Initiative to Advance Racial Healing.” Grants totaling $4.5 million, according to the press release, will fund activities in four areas:

  • Promoting Dialogue: conversations to build understanding and empathy
  • Encouraging Collaboration: activities that bring people together in person or virtually to connect and to act together on a project or idea
  • Facilitating Learning: activities designed to build or enhance knowledge
  • Seeding Connection: racial healing circles, peace circles, or restorative justice activities

“In order to truly fight inequities and build a better, more inclusive Illinois, we have to be able to articulate the history of personal, institutional and structural racism that got us here – and, just as importantly, the modern iterations of personal, institutional and structural racism that hold us back today,” said Governor J.B. Pritzker.

Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton added, “We are dealing with two pandemics—COVID-19 and systemic racism. Healing Illinois will advance the conversation and shine a light on the process of collective healing. What we know is hurt people hurt people, and healed people heal people.”

Mark Glennon

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Eddie
17 days ago

This program is a waste of time, money and effort. 😐

Mary Ann DeMarco
18 days ago

WHAT A JOKE.

Susan
18 days ago

In my opinion, contributory taxpaying workers (nursesdocs/private sector/essential workers/NOPUBLICGUARANTEEDBENEFITS) would not feel so disgusted, so disheartened, so bereft of all hope, if we weren’t convinced that we are being exploited/manipulated/condescended to by a hypocritical petrie dish of gelatinous medium stimulated only by personal fleshly desire and stereotypical psychological lack of self esteem: so important to one so-called man but motives which are irrelevant to the thousands or millions of lives he destroys. It is completely destructive of the scant remaining store of human compassion left in non-public-benefits-guaranteed professionals that this self-serving organism/governor is granted safe harbor by the mobs- in-charge-of-public-policy… Read more »

Kevin V.
17 days ago
Reply to  Susan

In other words; Susan, you think Pritzker is flushing more of the taxpayers hard earned money down the toliet. Where ever he has hidden it!

Red Cut Cobalt
18 days ago

Here are my five takeaways from my mandated by the State of Illinois employer-provided anti-harrassment and anti-discrimination training. I have them posted on the board in front of me to remind me should I stray:

  1. Express NO opinions
  2. NO humor, sarcasm, irony, or wit
  3. DO NOT talk about anything that is not work related
  4. DO NOT participate in non-work activities with other employees
  5. ASSUME everyone is hyper-sensitive about EVERYTHING.

Three years to go and I’ll be out of work and out of state.

Susan
18 days ago

Nothing says “personal, institutional and structural racism” like mechanisms for tax avoidance on intergenerational super-wealth transfer.
Think they will issue a grant to start THAT discussion?

Douglas
18 days ago

If white people feel they have to walk on pins and needles, because everything is “racist,” many of them will become less likely to want to be around people of color. I can’t tell you how many whites I’ve heard say they are sick of hearing about this and it’s adding fuel to separatists ideas gaining traction.

LessonLearned
18 days ago
Reply to  Douglas

Great point! When looking to relocate, it was a consideration for me (white). Ultimately, I still chose a diverse area. Hopefully I won’t regret it.

Eugene on a pay phone
18 days ago

Never a thought given to things like parenting, two parent homes, regular meals with the family. Sadly, all of this is “ white privilege” now. Build up your own self esteem by tearing others down to your level.

Christo
19 days ago

“In order to truly fight inequities and build a better, more inclusive Illinois, we have to be able to articulate the history of personal, institutional and structural racism that got us here – and, just as importantly, the modern iterations of personal, institutional and structural racism that hold us back today,” “Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton added, “We are dealing with two pandemics—COVID-19 and systemic racism. Healing Illinois will advance the conversation and shine a light on the process of collective healing. What we know is hurt people hurt people, and healed people heal people.” Both quotes are an excuse for… Read more »

Kevin V.
17 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

What amazes me Mr Glennon, is how the Black Community has whole heartily stuck by the Democrat Party for 50yrs running cities and states (especially cities) where the Black Community has suffered and DOES HAVE some legitimate complaints. BUT WHAT DO THEY DO AT ELECTION TIME? They ELECT the SAME Democratic officials that have caused the problems. So no one should feel sorry for that kind of insanity.

Locke
19 days ago

Hippy nonsense!
Stop the moralizing and stick to fixing the roads, you’re Government not Church.
Get back in your lane.

PlanningAnExit
19 days ago

I marvel at the outright intellectual dishonesty these people demonstrate. Or, Stratton believes the hogwash she vomits. Systemic: per Webster, “fundamental to a predominant social, economic, or political practice”. Hmmm, nope. Racism is NOT fundamental to any aspect of our society…

What is systemic, is the corruption that, like the bond between molecules, has permeated every aspect of the backwards state that is Illinois.

These people are despicable. They will prostitute themselves in any way possible to get a vote.

Heyjude
18 days ago
Reply to  PlanningAnExit

The scary part is that there are people who vote for this insanity. Our educational system has an awful lot to answer for!

Joan
19 days ago

So sad. All this talk about white supremacists everywhere and systemic racism is only teaching hatred and more division. No wonder BLM says riots are justified as compensation. Racism’s biggest friends are these new so-called antiracists, and most of them are white. I really doubt most black people buy this.

Mike
19 days ago
Reply to  Joan

Riots are primarily white Antifa (the group got its start opposing Hitler / Nazis / fascists), although some BLM and opportunists and other organizations sometimes get involved.

The racial healing on the other hand has nothing to do with Antifa.

There are lots of blacks involved in the racial healing movement.

Chase Gioberti
18 days ago
Reply to  Mike

I think it’s a stretch to say the riots are primarily whites. My eyes don’t lie to me. Certainly some whites but not primarily. Go back and look at the ransacking of the Magnificent Mile a month or so ago.

Facts may be painful but they are still facts.

Mike
18 days ago
Reply to  Chase Gioberti

See the Andy Ngo Twitter for the primarily white Antifa ongoing riots in Portland Portland has had a heavier Antifa presence than Chicago for quite some time. Chicago is a much larger city, there was looting in many neighborhoods, there have not been recent riots in Chicago. Chicago has some black shoplifting operations (Kim Foxx soft on shoplifting seems to have emboldened them) and whether it was those or newly formed units, there were various looters that can be categorized as planned vs spontaneous looting. Contrast that to Antifa / black bloc. A common Antifa technique is to break a… Read more »

Mike
16 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Ignore the first sentence of my comment a few weeks ago as it was poorly worded.

There is no comprehensive list and description anywhere of what riots occurred on what days in what cities since the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

The mainstream media massively under reported and under investigated the riots, and in many cases did not do a good job of describing the riots that they did report.

Antifa, BLM, and many others riot in cities across America in 2020.

Both Antifa and BLM are leftist decentralized organizations.

Mike
16 days ago
Reply to  Mike

A few days ago not a few weeks ago.

Mike
19 days ago
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Mike
19 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Healing Illinois

https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=126286

This type of stuff is happening in various degrees in corporate America too.

Non-profit foundations are heavily involved.

Chase Gioberti
18 days ago
Reply to  Mike

I’m not sure what your point is.

Eddie
17 days ago
Reply to  Chase Gioberti

Anyone, of any group imaginable, can riot and loot. 😐

Depending on Chicago community, some to most of the rioters and looters were Black. 😐

It saddens me as a Black man to admit the above, but it’s true. ☹️

Ex Illini
19 days ago

JB is such a needy waste of space. Seriously, this is simply a cry for attention, and a gigantic waste of money. Does he not realize that it isn’t difficult for people to leave this train wreck of a state? His hardline Covid position, and resulting high unemployment will drive more people out.

nixit
19 days ago

BTW – Worst name ever. Seven words and one is used twice.

nixit
19 days ago

Illinois is a deep blue stat, yet we apparently have systemic racism. Reminds me of the Democratic primaries when Warren and Harris were eliminated from contention. “America isn’t ready for a woman (or woman of color) president” Hey guys, it’s YOUR primary. It’s the Democrats who aren’t ready. We’re not the racists, YOU are.

LessonLearned
19 days ago
Reply to  nixit

Remember when racism meant treating people differently because of ethnicity? Now if you ignore ethnicity you are a racist. Whatever, I’m finalizing the process of leaving Illinois permanently.