By: Mark Glennon*

The Better Government Association’s CEO, David Greising, on May 17 wrote a column in the Chicago Tribune, “Some want the economy flung open. Wake up. COVID-19’s no hoax.”

I wrote a rebuttal as a Letter to the Editor in the Tribune, which is published today. However, it was substantially edited and shortened, which they have the right to do, so I am providing the letter below as I originally wrote it:

A more classic straw man case could barely be made, nor a more shallow treatment of the opposition to Governor JB Pritzkers emergency COVID-19 order.

No serious critic of Pritzker’s order wants the economy flung open. Instead, they want a quicker and more rational reopening plan like most other states have. They want smaller zones that don’t senselessly lump them in with areas having entirely distinct problems. And they want milestones for progress from one phase to another that are achievable, not Pritzker’s, some of which may never happen.

Greising singled out Madison County for proposing its own plan – “antics,” he called that. But anybody who looks at the plan can see that it’s thorough, thoughtful and measured. It may or may not be the wisest plan, but it certainly warranted more than the crude dismissal it got.

The BGA’s David Greising

He condemned those of us who question Pritzker’s data, which he says Pritzker has mastered. Has Greising not followed that story?

The Pritzker Administration didn’t bother to collect hospitalization data, that they now admit is key, until April 3. It did so only after badgering by ProPublica, Wirepoints and a few others – but not this paper or Greising’s Better Government Association. Critical comorbidity data has been lacking and, to this day, Pritzker is not collecting antibody data, which researchers and other states are using to make models accurate and inform their policy.

Worst of all, Greising says there’s a “barely civil war of ideas” because some have questioned the constitutionality of Pritzker’s order. But dozens of municipal and law enforcement officials have taken the extremely rare step of refusing enforcement because they believe it is invalid and that they may even face personal liability if they enforce it.

Pritzker has asserted the right to those sweeping emergency powers for as long as he chooses.

It’s a sad day when journalists think questioning that isn’t civil, especially when an economic depression may result.

*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.

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Carol
3 days ago

He is a boo boo go your feed you’re horses with your family they are getting there manicures messed up do you have toliet bowls in that mansion

Joe The Plumber
3 days ago

It OK if someone dies as long as I can get my hair did.

Joan
3 days ago

Mark and Ted, Wirepoints is now the only thing worth reading in Illinois. The few good articles from other sides are all here too and I am glad you collect them for us. But nobody is asking questions like you and nobody is standing up to any of know it alls who don’t have any idea what they are talking about.Keep up the good work.

Janet
33 minutes ago
Reply to  Joan

I also applaud Mark. Not sure I’ve read any of Ted’s articles yet, but I’ll try to stay aware. I’ve definitely found Mark’s articles to be fairly written and not politically biased. Sometimes I brace myself knowing that I might not like some of what he reports (because my ego would rather it all go along with the way I see things — LOL), but I can be confident that he’s not being deceptive. And I appreciate that he delivers facts and raises points which can prompt me to question my “data” gathering and/or my perception. He’s a true journalist.

V Carter
3 days ago

Does anyone really take the BGA seriously?

SteveOh
4 days ago

Greising, if you’re reading this article and Comments……..your article was a bad joke with several untruths. 1) No one said the virus was a hoax, not even Trump — he specifically said the Dems and MSM bashing his handling of it was/is their newest hoax. It’s 100% obvious that he was right. 2) No………there is no “shared sacrifice”. Govt entity employees have not suffered one bit, no loss of pay, just more vacation, and continue to earn egregious and unaffordable pensions. 3) Yes the edicts by the Gov are unconstitutional, particularly and most obviously the shutdown of churches in groups… Read more »

Blair Garber
4 days ago

Illinois’ bad Government, bankrupt finances and notorious corruption are all the indictment of the so called “Better Government Association” any rational person needs.

They have been either associates of or apologists for the Chicago Machine my entire adult life.

The only defense they could offer for aiding and abetting the Machine’s criminal racketeering is their own ineptitude and partisan nincompoopery.

UnclePugsly
4 days ago

BGA supports mail-in ballots and ballot harvesting-‘Nuff said about the BGA. The fact the Tribune gives this partisan organization cover is disgusting.

Mail In Ballots
4 days ago
Reply to  UnclePugsly

Mail in ballots rock baybee!

True believer
4 days ago

You must be an illiterate democrat payroller precinct captain from the south or southwest side who needs mail in voting to steal the election.

Mail In Ballots
3 days ago
Reply to  True believer

Any/Every form of voting is subject to fraud. I’m not a Democrat, nor am I illiterate.

True Believer
4 days ago

The BGA is and has been a mouthpiece of the machine in Cook County and Illinois. Andy Shaw it’s prior head was a total sycophant of Rahm. Rahm gave Shaw’s daughter a job at the White House which totally colored shaw’s Independence. The BGA has refused to investigate corruption in the machine because of Shaw. It is truly irrelevant. Now Greising has taken over Shaw’s position as chief Lori and Pritzker sycophant. To add further credence to their sycophant status was the hiring of Lori transition team member Marie Dillon as their policy direction. The BGA is a sham organization… Read more »

Mark Felt
4 days ago

Science be damned, especially when it will not help Pritzker’s postions.

Susan
4 days ago

The acid test for corruption is whether there is equal application and enforcement of the law. In this case, Pritzker has declared sole discretion as to whether a business or house of worship may operate. He has cited no scientific rationale supporting liquor and marijuana as essential to human existence, yet arbitrarily placed those businesses on the “do-not-kill’ list. He has cited no scientific evidence for declaring big box retailers safe according to cdc guidelines, relative to other retailers which might capably enforce those same guidelines. He has decided what goods and services are deemed essential, but refuses to enforce… Read more »

debtsor
4 days ago
Reply to  Susan

Churches don’t pay taxes but booze and cannabis does.

NiteCat
4 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

The problem the state got itself into with liquor stores is the fact that you can buy it in most grocery/convenience/gas stations. The state would have lost a discrimination suit over it if brought against it. Cannabis on the other hand is another story…only those with prescriptions for medical doses should be allowed to purchase it during the shutdown. It is not necessary for “recreational” purposes, taxes aside. If the state was so worried about tax income, they shouldn’t have shut the economy down past the first 30 days.

Susan
4 days ago
Reply to  NiteCat

But as a matter of law : equal oversight and compliance enforcement of the law…many businesses and churches could argue being persecuted for no other reason than not being friends of the regime. Cannibas and cbd may be prescribed as medical treatments, but so may other therapies or testing which were deemed non-essential ( ordinary dentistry for one, therapeutic massage another, typical health screenings which many people were caused anxiety for missing is another, and equally important to some of society the human compassion offered by a hairdresser or bartender to an individual with precious little compassionate contact yet another… Read more »

True believer
4 days ago
Reply to  NiteCat

The permanent victim class needs their booze and dope in order to continue voting democrat. That’s the only reason they are open.

DixonSyder
3 days ago
Reply to  debtsor

Had to keep the liquor stores open for drunken fools like you.

Poor Taxpayer
3 days ago
Reply to  Susan

It is easy, Liquor and Pot is what the government worker uses all the time. You can tell because they always, I mean always make a Trucked up decision.

MikeH
4 days ago

Keep fighting the good fight, Mark and Ted. It can be maddening to listen to these pundits continue to support policies which would be political/professional suicide in saner places than Illinois.

Bob
4 days ago

Thank you for everything you do Wirepoints crew. I wasnt even aware BGA still exists. Have they done anything useful over the years worth mentioning ? Is Andy Shaw still a part of this farce ?

Fur
4 days ago

Sounds typical of Bigger Government Association describing federalism as “antics” Another fool who “wasn’t thinking of our constitution.”