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Gov Pritzker threatens businesses on Facebook and sends out memos –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On July 3, 2020

Springfield, IL. (ECWd) –

The day after losing in Clay County, which invalidated all of his Executive Orders dealing with COVID-19 that were issued after April 8, 2020, Governor Pritzker posted a threat in a Facebook post, and sent two memorandums to local leaders giving them “instructions” on how to shut down local businesses this coming weekend:

On Facebook, Governor Pritzker sent out this message: “If establishments cannot abide by capacity requirements, I will not hesitate to close them to keep people safe.” – Nevermind that he lacks this authority…

It appears Pritzker is also trying to say that violating his directive “will immediately threaten the welfare of the community.” This is code for “shut them down because I want you to.”

One such memo, which is undated, dealt with the Liquor Control Commission and states:

If the local liquor control commissioner has reason to believe that any continued operation of a particular licensed premises will immediately threaten the welfare of the community he may, upon the issuance of a written order stating the reason for such conclusion and without notice or hearing order the licensed premises closed for not more than 7 days, giving the licensee an opportunity to be heard during that period, except that if such licensee shall also be engaged in the conduct of another business or businesses on the licensed premises such order shall not be applicable to such other business or businesses.”

The other memo, dated July 2, deals with the Gaming Board, and continues relying on Executive Orders and Disaster Proclamations for their perceived powers:

To sustain our progress, the IGB reminds all video gaming locations, terminal operators and casinos of their obligation to abide by all applicable state and local laws, Executive Orders, Disaster Proclamations, IGB Resumption Protocols, Gaming Resumption Plans, and IDPH and CDC guidelines. Among other things, these requirements include wearing face coverings in gaming establishments and casinos, practicing social distancing, washing hands regularly, and following signage. A licensee’s failure to comply with COVID-19 health and safety requirements may result in discipline, up to and including license revocation. More importantly, disregard of such preventative measures and requirements could contribute to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Illinois and another potential suspension of gaming operations. That is a result nobody wants. We urge you not to let it happen.”

It appears he is trying to continue the ruse that his executive orders still matter.

Finally, his email which accompanied the memorandums, points to using spikes in other states to justify his actions in Illinois, and reiterating he will shut down businesses that do not comply:




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  • John McGivney
    Posted at 21:48h, 03 July Reply

    Impeach him, he is not an honorable person to serve as Governor

    • Lyn P
      Posted at 22:41h, 03 July Reply

      Seems to be the logical direction of things as it appears he may not even abide an injunction by the IL Supreme Court should that occur.

    • Robert
      Posted at 13:39h, 07 July Reply

      YES 100 %

  • Todd Frey
    Posted at 22:40h, 03 July Reply

    Someone needs to report him. He’s breaking the law again trying to intimidate businesses,
    The crime of Intimidation in Illinois is charged under 720 ILCS 5/12-6. Under this statute, a person commits the crime of intimidation when, with the intent to cause another person to perform or omit to perform any act, he or she communicates to another, either directly or indirectly, a threat to perform any of the following acts:
    6. Take action as a public official against anyone, or withhold action, or cause such action or withholding

    A conviction for the crime of intimidation does not require that the defendant follow through with the threat. Rather, it is sufficient that the defendant made the threat to the victim for a conviction to stand.
    This is the 24/7 hotline to file a complaint: (312) 560-7100

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 08:03h, 04 July Reply

      Well aware of the intimidation statute. We did an article on that subject months ago.

  • Lara
    Posted at 23:58h, 03 July Reply

    It’s up to us to send DeVore’s name along with the repeal of his orders to small businesses since the media will be covering this up. You want to help your fellow Illinois citizen? Do these things.

  • Michael O'Brien
    Posted at 23:59h, 03 July Reply

    This begs the questions. Should the judge move to declare him in contempt and issue a warrant for his arrest? Should every small business owner in Illinois that was driven to ruin by his unconstitutional mandates sue him individually or in a class action for damages. Especially since his arbitrarily enforced his own edicts allowing his corporate cronies to remain open?

  • Dave
    Posted at 07:37h, 04 July Reply

    Pritzker is a dictatorial tyrant who thinks he is above the law.

  • Gerlinde Caruthers
    Posted at 08:57h, 04 July Reply

    I think he is a very unstable individual. A mental health test need to be done.

  • PK
    Posted at 14:11h, 04 July Reply

    To “keep people safe” during this holiday typically involves cautioning for fireworks safety. Such a narrowly put Facebook message for Illinois coronavirus response really discounts the reality of in increased risk to fireworks safety. This increased risk is the result of the state’s coronavirus response as it relates to traditional fireworks displays being cancelled, and a corresponding increased use of fireworks by the otherwise inexperienced. Unless Governor Pritzker posted another Facebook post cautioning others to keep a safety vigil around fireworks, he missed a decent opportunity to leverage science and data in order to “keep people safe.” Anyone else tired of the Governor’s matra: “All In….?”

  • Raul Ybarra
    Posted at 19:13h, 04 July Reply

    When you parse the words, he’s technically only making a threat when he warns businesses that he will enforce capacity requirements. The question is, which capacity requirements? His EO or the ones based on building codes, fire marshal, capacity, etc.?

    He rattles sabres but leaves himself a dodge where he can say, “Oh no, I wasn’t talking about my order.”

    Even his direction to with respect to liquor licenses shows you that he knows how weak his position is. Basically it’s instruction to harass a business with a seven day shutdown based on nothing more than the ILCC word. They might get away with that in Cook county, but there’s a lot of judges who are going to be rather honked if they try that crap here in Southern Illinois. Well, maybe except St. Clair county.

  • HT
    Posted at 00:12h, 05 July Reply

    Maybe I missed something, but a government official is making a so-called threat of enforcement, on a “social” network, and not on an official government or legal venue. Wouldn’t that be considered perfectly UNOFFICIAL? UNENFORCEABLE? And it is ILLEGAL to threaten people.


    Let’s see how long it takes the sheeps to open their eyes, remove the wool, and realize that their hibernation was forced by an agenda.

    • Lara
      Posted at 00:33h, 05 July Reply

      To me it’s a sign he’s desperate. Recently he failed to pass his order to put business owners in jail for not closing up, and apparently there was resistance from Democratic officials on the issue. They all know the judge ruled lawfully and are probably not willing to risk the flak. They can and will be voted out.

    • Shela
      Posted at 18:49h, 06 July Reply

      and how many times has Trump done this…just in South Dakota he basically threatened the Native Americans saying he will not stand by anyone who wants to destroy monuments or change our history that there will be action taken if they do…Funny how Trump can post stuff like this on line and signs all the executive orders that he wants and extend them for however long he wants too…he can close down airports (causing them to lose their jobs) and no one says anything….if Trump did all of this closed down businesses etc….everyone would be ok with it, but if a Governor does it especially a democratic governor, everyone loses their minds.

      • steve watson
        Posted at 00:52h, 08 July Reply

        lol. What? Also, it’s “Democrat” not Democratic. nothing Democratic about that fat bastard. By threatening you mean not allow criminal damage to property? What a fascist! Better beat up an elderly white woman!

  • David Garrett
    Posted at 08:56h, 05 July Reply

    Every business that has lost money during this illegal lockdown need to sue him personally. And take all of the 20 plus billion he is worth.

  • Mary Gladkowski
    Posted at 13:56h, 05 July Reply

    So the gov’s whole state maskorder is void, and it’s now up to individual stores/establishments if they will require customers to wear them, correct?

  • Cindy
    Posted at 19:19h, 05 July Reply

    MARY? It was NEVER valid. The corporations are just as criminal in insisting you have to do something against your Constitutional rights. They CANNOT insist on anything that would deny your entry. Sue every one of them!

    • Tony
      Posted at 07:52h, 06 July Reply

      Corporations/Businesses can do whatever they want. You don’t have a right to do whatever you want on private property, you are a guest of that property. In that regard, a business requiring a mask is legal and Constitutional. Maybe not wise, but legal.

      And yes, they can deny you entry…just not on the basis of Race, religion, creed, orientation etc. Remember, don’t confuse “Being Open to the Public” with “a Public Place”. A store is Open to the Public, a park is a Public Place.

      • Mags
        Posted at 08:10h, 06 July Reply

        So if a minority or transgender wanted to enter the store but not wear a mask, what would the store do then? Risk being sued?

        That is a very valid question.

      • HT
        Posted at 22:15h, 13 July Reply

        Increasingly, many stores are backing off bugging people about wearing masks, and this is especially true when the so-called outlaw happens to be black. I don’t think any store clerks that is not black would have the cojones to accost a black person tries any BS. Pay attention the next time you’re in Jewel or Mariano’s.

        How’s that logical, fair, or even effective?

        A bunch of virtue signaling hypocrites with no balls are all they are.

  • Ronald Handke
    Posted at 23:05h, 05 July Reply

    As the Gov of Illiois complained to the ISP, and then he makes writed Threats tp those that new that his depands where not Valid, Next how could the Gov release 400 inmates from Jail, with out any investigate of the Back Ground. And the at leasts one or more went back to the criminal ways. Not much has ever made a complete Info.

  • Shela
    Posted at 18:44h, 06 July Reply

    so basically its just an political attack..republicans especially Bailey is just upset that he was kicked out of the legislature before. Funny how Trump can sign all the executive orders he wants to and extend them for any amount of time..and no one says anything….but as soon as a Governor does it (especially a democratic Governor) everyone loses their minds.

    So basically almost every job and health department is going to follow is executive orders with number of attendees and mask wearing anyways so what was the point in taking it to court.

    • John Kraft & Kirk Allen
      Posted at 20:46h, 06 July Reply

      Uhm. The lawsuit was filed long before he voluntarily left the house floor

    • Tony
      Posted at 21:00h, 06 July Reply

      As J&K mentioned, suit was filed before he was kicked…but in that same session another Dem without a mask was allowed to attend. Just like the Peaceful Protesters didn’t transmit Corona but Anti-Lockdown Protests did.

      And the point of the suit is to keep the Gov. in line with the law. Political party is irrelevant. But I’m pretty confident treating Olney or Rockford like Chicago is the wrong thing to do.

      How can Prez do it? Same way the last Prez did it.

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