By: Mark Glennon*

“The Governor of Illinois owes it to the people of Illinois to allow his state’s courts to adjudicate the question of whether Illinois law authorizes orders he issued to respond to COVID-19,” said the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois last week.

That might seem uncontroversial. It’s the key line in the recent announcement United States Justice Department that it thinks a lawsuit against Governor JB Pritzker’s emergency order should be heard in state, not federal courts.

But when asked about the DOJ’s action on Sunday, Pritzker gave this sweeping answer, disdainful of not just the DOJ’s move but of any judicial review of his claim to permanent emergency powers that reflect his “science and data”:

The judiciary aren’t experts at public health. Taking these things to court does not resolve the public health matter. Listing to the science and the data — that’s completely different than taking your political position to a court and trying to have it resolved by somebody who has been elected as a judge. So that’s my response.

Pritzker on Sunday: “The judiciary aren’t experts on public health.”

In other words, never mind checks and balances, the Bill of Rights, statutory limits on emergency powers or anything courts might say. His “science and data” are what count.

And it is now mostly just his science and data.

Illinois now has the harshest emergency pandemic rules in the nation. Aren’t other states relying on science and data?

Even the exceptionally cautious Dr. Anthony Fauci agrees those other states have it right, saying last week that, “In general, I think most of the country is [opening up] in a prudent way.”  Stay-at-home orders intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus could end up causing “irreparable damage” if imposed for too long, he added. “I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go.”

Yet Pritzker’s plan may not ever fully reopen Illinois since that would require a vaccine, highly effective or complete disappearance of the virus, which may never happen. His right to rule on his own through vast emergency powers likewise has indefinite duration, he has told the courts.

The DOJ’s action, which Pritzker dismissed without a substantive answer, is in fact very limited. While they did question the legality of Pritzker’s order, all they asked was to keep a pending case in state courts instead of having it removed to federal courts.

What is Pritzker thinking?

He is now out of touch — oblivious to the firestorm surrounding his order, disdainful of the rule of law and confident he can dismiss all critics as political grandstanders and much worse.

Aside from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, does he have any significant, open support?

Apparently not much even in the General Assembly, though his party holds a supermajority in both houses. Much of the legal infirmity of his order could have been fixed by the General Assembly in its recently ended session, but it provided no help, presumably fearing a backlash. Nor did they give him enforcement powers he asked for which he earlier asserted through rule making. “I was hopeful and expectant that they would deliver to me a bill,” he said. “The fact is that the legislature failed in this regard.”

The tragedy for Illinoisans, most of whom live paycheck to paycheck, deepens every day as millions may find those paychecks are gone forever.

Illinois is being destroyed.

*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.

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Keith Parsels
1 month ago

I have grand children in Ill. you mess with them, and I show you The Punisher part 3.

debtsor
1 month ago

“Illinois is being destroyed.” They’re burning what’s left to the ground. Really, it’s no different than the rioters in Minneapolis. They think they’re doing a good thing, protesting an unjust death from a rogue, negligent cop, but in reality, they’re just burning down their neighborhoods and stealing from their neighbors, and in 10 years, it will still be the same hollowed out shell that it has become today. IL is doing the same thing, our gov. thinks he’s saving lives and protecting us, like it’s a good thing, and he’s the benign elected patriarch of the states, but in reality,… Read more »

1 month ago

Apparently the Illinois governor is ignorant of facts based scientific research studies of novel corona-viruses in general or else he’d already known well beforehand that coronaviruses aren’t capable of reaching viral overload levels within the human body. Furthermore coronaviruses have been existent inside our own bodily beings for hundreds and hundreds of years without causing a single persons death and that’s mostly due to the fact that our very own cellular structures actually secrete coronaviruses whenever our immune systems unable to fend off pathogenic toxic foreign invaders on its own so our cells secrete said corona-viruses after they’ve became overburdened… Read more »

None
1 month ago

Take this man down he is all about numbers and how he can profit from it. This man is raking us through the coals. With the sticker for our vehicles at 150.00 a car. Again. All about benefiting him. Honestly I think Pretzker is on Crack who voted his ass in to be our governor. This POS hasn’t done a damn thing for ILLINOIS except raise everything. He can stick this Covid 19 where the sun don’t shine.

Lee Haslett
1 month ago

What is the Steps you have to take as citizens of this state to place Prickster under citizens arrest for violation of your constitutional rights and holding the people of this state hostage in their own homes and causing irrreputable financial harm against the citizens of Illinois. I know it can be done but how do you do it legally, to place him under citizens arrest and hold him in jail till a trial can be set for the damage he has done to illinois and its citizens. ? Any lawyers out here that can answer this. The citizens have… Read more »

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Lee Haslett
1 month ago

Take him and Madigan out of office once and for all.

Norma James
1 month ago

He is going against the Constitution and he should be stopped. He is starving the people of Illinois but it doesn’t look like he is missing any meals. He needs to be replaced with a Republican governor that cares about the people.

Jeanie A. Haymes
1 month ago

We have to recall this Governor

Fed up neighbor
1 month ago

Republican Skillicorn of the 66th district just announced a attempt to recall governed Pritzker. This may not go far but who knows. One thing I believe it will do is send a message to chuckles the clown (Pritzker) that you are a failure, no more pats on the back for you.

The Truth Hurts
1 month ago

Pritzker will brush this off as a political stunt. Does Skillicorn think he can get 10 Dem state reps to sign the petition? 5 dem state senators? Does anyone actually believe he will get one of those 15 required signatures? Collecting 700k signatures over the next 150 days would be a tall task by itself. Getting anyone on team Madigan to sign this would be asking for people to commit political suicide.

Just like the impeachment of Trump, a total waste of time.

debtsor
1 month ago

The difference between Skillicorn’s stunt and Pelosi’s stunt is that Pelosi was dumb enough to follow through with hers. It only resulted in massive, massive political donations to Trump and the Republican party, with little or no political damage to Trump. In fact, it can be argued that Pelosi should have been addressing and preparing for the Wuhan Red Death threat instead but she was too busy ‘impeaching him forever’. Looks quite foolish that while the plague was ravaging though China and Europe, Nancy was sitting on her articles of impeachment laughing and eating ice cream.

June Prentice
1 month ago

I wish that dictator would just go away!!! He didn’t get my vote the last time and he certainly won’t get it if he is dumb enough to run again!!

Mark
1 month ago

Using mask most of my life. Pritzker is wrong. And getting the wrong advice. Face coverings do nothing but maybe keep you from getting a sunburn. Or in the winter for warmth. Hygiene is most important. That’s he’s not going to control.

Lana
1 month ago

If moving out of this police state and the City of Chicago is not possible for you, rebel in the next best way, take your spending out of the State of Illinois! Go to a border state.

Harry Flashman
1 month ago

This is what happens when you elect Nazi Democrats. They wipe their asses with the rule of law.

Alan
1 month ago

U want o talk science? Here is science It’s your right to wear a mask. It’s also your right not to. It’s not a law. It’s a recommendation. But you all need to know the facts. Masks don’t protect you from anything other than snot or spit. Coronavirus is 120 nm (1 nm = 10 −9 metre) in diameter. A surgical mask will filter 0.1 micron therefore useless for corona virus. Homemade masks are much less. If u don’t believe me look it up. If u want to wear a mask for protection from the coronavirus wear a N-95 or… Read more »

Platinum Goose
1 month ago

At one of his press conferences he stated polling data suggests people are in favor of the stay at home order. Seems to me this is the “science” he’s following.

Jeffrey Robertson
1 month ago

Taking your points to someone ‘who’s just been elected’? To up the law and constitution. He is not a health expert, he pays his health experts. I have taken common sense, hygiene and respect for others. He is the only one demanding inhouse prison and the ONLY ONE NOT FOLLOWING HIS GUIDELINES. When he says courts and law don’t matter he deems himself unfit to hold the office he took that exact oath to uphold and preserve. At the very very least he demands of himself, a psychological exam by his total lack of understanding his duties TO SERVE. America… Read more »

Leatha Wood
1 month ago

Hi Hoe HITLER!!! His company is a conflict of interest. Should be removed from office immediately!!

a person
1 month ago

Chicago proper is the only reason this guy is in office.

debtsor
1 month ago
Reply to  a person

400,000 more people voted in 2018 vs. 2014 in Cook County alone and basically everyone of them voted for JBELUGA.

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  debtsor

Cook County general election ballots cast.

2018 – 883,457.

2014 – 696,403.

187,054 more people voted in 2018 vs. 2014 in Cook County.

That was a 27% increase in 2018 vs. 2014 in Cook County.

http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/voter-registration-and-turnout-1990-2019

The Truth Hurts
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

I think you are looking at Cook county minus the city of Chicago or suburban cook county. When you look at the combined results 431K more votes were cast in 2018.

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Mike
1 month ago

You are correct in that it was suburban cook county only, but according to the websites it was a combined 411K not 431K. Here are the Chicago general election ballots cast. 2018 – 912,061. 2014 – 668,033. 244,028 more people voted in 2018 vs. 2014 in Chicago. That was a 37% increase in 2018 vs. 2014 in Chicago. http://www.chicagoelections.gov/en/election-results-specifics.asp Here are the combined suburban Cook County and Chicago ballots cast. 2018 – 1,795,518. 2014 – 1,384,436. 411,082 more peopled voted in 2018 vs. 2014 in suburban Cook County and Chicago combined. That was a 30% increase in 2018 vs. 2014… Read more »

ConcernedExpat
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

A lot of dead people and double counting in that incremental ~400thd votes

Harry Flashman
1 month ago
Reply to  a person

Why is Chicago a communist shit hole?

Kellie Kassela
1 month ago

I’ll bet if you did a study of the states that are in Lock down. Democrat Government looked at all that is going on you would see a lot of similarities. I’ll bet if you played all their messages to their people they would all exactly the same. Science, Data, keep people safe. Trumps fault. Mail in voting. I would also bet that Actual message that should be on all TV commercials should be is that “THEY- are ALL in THIS TOGETHER”

Sherry
1 month ago

He should be impeached. Illinois seems to always gravitate towards crooked governors like this one. Can’t understand why. This man is clearly acting like a childish dictator. The more you try to reason with him, the more he is stamping his feet and saying I’m the boss and it’s gonna be what I say, no matter who it hurts. So glad I moved out of that state 40 yrs ago. It wasn’t quite as bad then, but has continually gotten worse with each new governor.

Jane
1 month ago
Reply to  Sherry

Chicago. That’s why.

Ken Meade
1 month ago
Reply to  Jane

Madigan is WHY!

Richard Poo Millersky
1 month ago
Reply to  Jane

It’s Chicago and certain suburbs. Kankakee (sometimes), Pembroke, East Saint Louis and ???? ☹️😮

UnclePugsly
1 month ago

Nothing Pritzker says or does surprises me – exactly what I would expect from a bloviating, odious, partisan hack like him. What is shocking is how many people who claim to be thinking and rational go along with Pritzker.

Christo
1 month ago

JB Priztker is no different in action or intent than any other Russian Oligarch except the language he publicly uses to speak to the proles.Wise up, he has $3 billion , his family has $30 billion, you think they give a dang about common citizens in Illinois or the USA? They do what they do for more money and power.

Richard Poo Millersky
1 month ago
Reply to  Christo

Thompson was rich and Republican. Running for reelection in 1982 and 1986, he’d say state finances are solid until he won. 😬

1 month ago

as if the author of this rag gives a shit about science

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True believer
1 month ago
Reply to  Modern Imprint

You are nothing but a typical ignorant democrat. You follow blindly like the uninformed follower you are. Lying Lori and fat boy must be proud.

lightperson
1 month ago
Reply to  True believer

CDC is saying the fatality rate is ,3 %. Of course they aren’t as scientific as the Governor.

Jane
1 month ago
Reply to  Modern Imprint

Well, clearly Pritzker doesn’t give a “shit about science” (you’re so well-spoken, bravo!). He says he does, of course, but the ‘science’ of his actual actions proves he doesn’t. If he truly believed in science, he wouldn’t be obese, yes? All he cares about is political maneuvering and machinations and power. I feel badly for him in a sense. Always hungering after something, poor dear. That’s no way to live.

Mike
1 month ago

Oh please don’t let The King be using the “science and data” from the same ying-yangs whose model for CNN, back on April 28, predicted the following outcome for Georgia opening back up: “With the assumption of relaxed social distancing, the model predicts that the number of Covid-19 deaths per day in Georgia will jump from 32 people dying on May 1 to a projected 63 people dying per day by August 4. Currently, 995 people have died from Covid-19 in Georgia, according to the model, and it projects that number could climb to 4,691 by August 4. The projection… Read more »

William Zeller
1 month ago

Trying to reason with someone who’s never been told “no” his whole life, who’s never had an obstacle that couldn’t be bought, who’s gotten away scot-free with outrageously corrupt illegal activities (the “toilet tax” thing was among the most minor) is not going to work. There’s no limit to his obstinacy and arrogance, since he’s never experienced a limit. His disdain for the law is merely consistent behavior. So is the consistent dunderheadedness. The Machine picked him because his money made it easy to beat Rauner. The consequences of that pick were of no importance at the time. Perhaps, now… Read more »

Michael
1 month ago

So Everyone knows Pritzker is Abusing his Power! So when do Illinoisans Plan to do what must be done to End it?Illinois must march on Pritzker and Physically remove him from Office.We Elected him and We can Remove him.He WORKS FOR US! And Now it’s time for him to be FIRED! WILL ILLINOIS GROW THE KAHUNAS to make it happen? Doubtful!

Anita bell
1 month ago

Illinois has warranted right to seek a censorship on PRITZKER’s terrible abuse to his governing Illinois with adding illegal immigration to the CITIZENS of Illinois budget. He has bargained and legalized Medicaid for illegat immigrants.

Thats what he is doing,.
PRITZKER is destroying citizens of Illinois citizenship by using illegal IMMIGRATION with his harboring fraudulent felons that are illegally aided in illinois santuaries.

Pritztker is a FRAUD and his money is dirty. Investigate him for misusing federal money to destroy illinois citizens.

Jose Roman
1 month ago

He needs to be lock up in a cell. Both him and the mayor of Chicago. To much abuse of power. It’s never about the virus. It’s about power and control.

Joyce
1 month ago

So when he completely destroys this state then what? All the lemmings that think this is going to do this state economic health good luck and when Trump wins in 2020 and our kids are the only ones not in school then what moron. He has no scientific data meanwhile his family enjoys WI and FL while the rest of us sit with this asinine bull crap.

Beebop
1 month ago

Pritzker, can’t even take care of his weight issues, which has been proven by science to contribute to poor health.  This fact alone should be enough for citizens of Illinois to doubt his thought processes on the management of Covid-19.  He’s too emotional to be the governor.  

Susan
1 month ago

In order to defend his position in court, governor would need to articulate specific science, rather than simply just keep repeating the word science.

Contrary views would be presented, and need to be refuted by his allegedly superior scientific assertions.

His vague and defensive tactics do seem successful with those who benefit from the upper tier of stratified economic system he perpetuates in Illinois: those who receive extraordinary defined benefit pensions and health insurance beginning a decade sooner than social security begins for the lower strata of Illinois society.

MikeH
1 month ago
Reply to  Susan

His limited intellectual capacity willl do him no favor in a courtroom, that is certain.

MP
1 month ago
Reply to  Susan

Good points, Susan. This failure to articulate specific science (or divulge the sources of his science) rather than simply repeating the word “science,” is exactly what people who question the safety of vaccines are continually assaulted with.

True believer
1 month ago
Reply to  Susan

If Pritzker’s form of science is the illogical comments by the uninformed affirmative action hire the west side witch doctor there is no validity.

Jake
1 month ago

JB’s science and data come right from the DNC.

MP
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

And Pharma.

Paul
1 month ago

JB Murdered Illinois. What’s the penalty?

Johon
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Right now there apparently is no penalty, he’d just get let right out.

Lone Protestor
1 month ago

The Governor’s response is semi-literate, ignorant of science, the law, and politics. He is a complete moron.