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May 20, 2024

Pritzker bans AM 560’s Jacobson from daily press conferences, claims she isn’t “impartial”

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On May 18, 2020


From Prairie State Wire:

Three days after she broke the news that his family was spending his statewide lockdown at an equestrian estate in Wisconsin, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker revoked longtime Chicago reporter Amy Jacobson’s access to his daily press briefing, claiming she is not an “impartial journalist.”

Pritzker’s press secretary, Jordan Abudayyeh, emailed Jacobson this afternoon to inform her of the ban.

Jacobson, who co-hosts a morning drive time talk show on AM 560 with Dan Proft, worked as a general assignment television reporter for WMAQ-TV Channel 5 (NBC) in Chicago from 1996-2007.

On Friday, Jacobson was first to report that Pritzker’s wife and children, who have spent the last seven weeks at the family’s $12 million horse farm in Florida, had moved to another family horse farm in Wisconsin, just across the Illinois border.

“Now I’m hearing that Gov. Pritzker has a 1,000 acre horse farm in Kenosha, WI,” she tweeted Friday evening. “That‘s where the family is tending to the animals tonight. You know, essential workers while the rest of us have been deemed ‘non essential.’”

Pritzker later admitted his wife and children weren’t in Illinois, but claimed they were “essential” to work on his Wisconsin farm, which he said has lifestock.

Abudayyeh criticized Jacobson for her attendance at a downtown Chicago rally of Pritzker critics on Saturday.

“This weekend you attended and spoke at a political rally to fire up the crowd in opposing the Governor’s policies to combat COVID-19,” Abudayyeh said. “An impartial journalist would not have attended that rally in that capacity and therefore you will no longer be invited to participate as an impartial journalist.”

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  • HT
    Posted at 22:55h, 18 May

    Well, duh, she’s lucky she still has a job, for now. This is why the media wouldn’t dare report anything without the approval of these egomaniacs.

    You can’t shine the light on a rat and expect a pretty picture, especially a really fat sloppy one.

    • Carol cwickersheim
      Posted at 23:11h, 18 May

      This reporter should try to Verify that he and his family were seen having dinner in a lake Geneva restaurant on Saturday. It’s what we’re hearing locally. Wickersheim

  • Theresa
    Posted at 04:32h, 19 May

    I’m so sick of this fat Bastard playing God. I hope God strikes him down. He is a hypocrite and needs to be put in jail with the rest of the crooked politicians of Illinois.

    • PK
      Posted at 10:05h, 19 May

      Yesterday, the former governor was official disbarred! Other than the MLB Field of Dreams game going off as planned for August this year, got any better news than that?

  • Mark
    Posted at 06:10h, 19 May

    How are they essential who was tending to the horses while they was in Florida that’s there job and guarantee they aren’t lifting a finger to help they making the people who been taking care of them do all the work I’m not Democrat or Republican but this fat ass needs to go

  • Slightly Sightful
    Posted at 06:59h, 19 May

    Pope Leo X, made discomfort for Martin Luther. Putting facts and opinion to print for others to peruse can draw derogatory and unjust displays of authority, as authority compounds with anger. Pritzker’s Piety CANNOT be questioned openly in print for the Congregation to witness. For if it is, then indulgence and blessing could be determined a blemish on the Church, or Governmnet, sorry Government.

  • Dave
    Posted at 07:24h, 19 May

    Plato said, “No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.”

  • cynthia
    Posted at 07:27h, 19 May

    Pritzker is clearly feeling the pressure. Wednesday cannot come too soon.

  • Robert O. Bogue
    Posted at 07:47h, 19 May

    Pritzker’s press conferences; only for close friends, allies and those stroking his ego. Press secretaries, same.
    Well earned criticism must really hurt. If censorship is what Pritzker believes in, then China could surely make room for them.

  • Becky
    Posted at 08:09h, 19 May

    I smell bullshit coming from that essential farm.

  • Bob Joseph
    Posted at 08:25h, 19 May

    As far I’m concerned he’s breaking the law. He’s responsible for suicides- people starving-domestic violence and so many other crimes. The man has no Conscience, reporters are to easy on him. I guess I no why now he’ll ban them. Mask should be Illegal they are so full of germs and you know people never wash them.illegal and they are so full of germs and you know People never wash them

  • Aaron
    Posted at 08:43h, 19 May

    What? This is unbelievable! Time to dust off the guillotine.

  • PK
    Posted at 09:55h, 19 May

    Last month the Governor’s reply to the question of Mrs. Pritzker’s travels to Florida was in anger toward the reporter. The Governor went on to incinuate that politics have no place in state’s coronavirus response or his duty to the press. Forwarding to late last week, Ms. Abudeyyeh gave the Governor another opportunity to address the matter. While somewhat differing, the Governor’s reply at that tine was no better than last month’s reply.

    To Ms. Abudeyyah:

    ‘Where have all the flowers gone’

  • Me
    Posted at 17:43h, 19 May

    But it will be okay it is only bad when “bad orange man tells cnn no no no” and them being essential ” working on the farm” ya right!

  • Todd Theurer
    Posted at 22:39h, 22 May

    After tracking COVID-19 data very carefully over the last 6 weeks, I must say that Governor Pritzker is only trying to protect the (perhaps ungrateful & unwise) sheep of Illinois. As a recently unemployed Illinoisan, I understand first-hand the desire to get back to work and earn a living to support my family . . . but IF I get sick with Coronavirus (10-15% chance of this) and suffer long in the hospital ($$$) or die (death has occurred in 4.4% of Illinoisans who have contracted COVID-19 so far), THEN who will support me & my family? I understand to wanting to get back to the type of Iife & freedoms I knew for the last 5 decades. Unlike our unwise Trump/Pense duo who don’t believe in wearing masks . . . Pritzker respects the danger that COVID-19 virus poses to human health & lives and is truly looking out for our best interest(s), even though we don’t like being restricted. We should thank/respect Pritzker & Lightfoot . . . and hopefully DUMP TRUMP.

    • PK
      Posted at 09:56h, 23 May

      Dude, the CDC guidelines are for one track minds like yours too!