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April 15, 2024

Video: Gov. Pritzker Sent State “COVID” Police To Edgar County Friday

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On November 15, 2020

Paris, IL. (ECWd) –

Governor Pritzker sent the Illinois State “COVID” Police to Paris, Illinois on Friday where a local restaurant was issued a “Notice of Noncompliance” alleging they violated the Governor’s Executive Order and the Illinois Department of Public Health’s guidance.

Nothing was closed, no fines or citations issued.



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  • Kathiann
    Posted at 12:53h, 15 November

    So what was the point… to scare the owners?

    • Lyn P.
      Posted at 13:03h, 15 November

      Yup. He knows his “orders” and any agency “guidance” for that matter have NO force of law when it comes down to it.

      These “covid police” better get a clue as well unless they’re all in for communizing the state. Shameful.

      • Cristina Coleman
        Posted at 09:05h, 16 November

        Actually they do have power. The health Dept can issue fines, suspensions and even closures if they feel the business are putting their customers health or safety at risk. I own a shop with my partner, So we know how closure can be (we havent even been open this year)

        • rick wilken
          Posted at 10:00h, 16 November

          So how did they close you? What actions did they take? Are they watching you?
          I have been told they can close you for 48 hours then they have to go to court or you have to close yourself. Is this true? Can they close you for good if everything else is a go?

        • HT
          Posted at 11:44h, 16 November

          I sympathize with you not being able to open.

          I get it that most people are afraid of the fines and the formality of having officials showing up at your place of business, but isn’t it ridiculous that it’s whatever they “feel” as a risk?

          Maybe businesses should form a compact, pool money together, and file a lawsuit against these tyrants on Constitutional grounds. It’s no doubt costly and time consuming, but there are precedents where individual businesses won, definitely on non-virus issues.

          This is not right, and should not be happening in America.

          Onward and upward!

        • PK
          Posted at 14:48h, 17 November

          Discerning ECWd news commenters previously established a bonified lack of regional representation embodied by IDPH JCAR. Previously, before the July/August timeframe, IDPH “power” was much more limited, and could not have fined your business. I think the lack of regional representation on the JCAR is tantamount to a lack of diversity in Illinois State Government.

    Posted at 13:24h, 15 November

    What a waste of time for police. They have more important things to do instead of dealing with a dictator governor who he and his family refuses to follow his own mandates. On Facebook today, Thomas Devore is offering $1000 to any journalist that provides a photo of Pritzker celebrating Thanksgiving violating his own lockdown order. See the announcement on Thomas Devore Facebook page, it’s open. He said spread the word far and wide. Recall Pritzker!

    • Shela
      Posted at 16:58h, 16 November

      yep like I’m sure someone is going to give away 1,000. Who cares if he does goes to another state he is following his own guidelines. He owns multiple houses so even if he goes to one of them…he is still at home. It’s not like he is overseas on vacation or something. Many celebrities own multiple houses that they travel too back and forth for stay at home orders.
      Just look at Trump. He owns multiple homes, and his coronavirus task force told us back in April to not travel, and had travel bans and then his Daughter Ivanka goes to New Jersey for passover, which was a high risk hotspot for the virus….I guess president Trump doesn’t even follow his own rules…..but hey he can get away with anything.

      Funny how you guys believe anything you read online about the Governor, but anything you read about the president is “fake news”…..well how do you know the photos they post of the Governor is not old photos they are claiming to be new just so they don’t have to follow his rules…

      • HT
        Posted at 17:23h, 16 November

        Wow, some emotional rant, and somehow pulling Trump into it. Did Trump order endless lockdowns? Who has been calling for the country to open up? Who ordered the lockdowns here while their own family members travel freely and go out in large riots w/o any restrictions? Check your emotion and your facts.

        So Pugsly’s pot businesses and abortion clinics, along w/ all of the big corporate stores are ok to stay open, but decent small businesses built by private citizens are to be punished based on illegal orders? Maybe redirect your emotion and compassion toward those who deserve them? Why are RATS so nasty?

        You can hold on to the teat of those you suckle, but you’re not entitled to project your delusion as facts.

      • Cool Guy
        Posted at 20:17h, 23 November

        After 9 months of this nonsense, we have plenty of evidence:
        Masks don’t work
        Lockdowns don’t work
        Kids need to be back in school.
        Vast majority of governor’s and health department edicts are unlawful, unconstitutional, and unscientific.
        Stop the nonsense.

  • jannie
    Posted at 13:45h, 15 November

    I don’t get it – some people are so afraid – so I guess these same people go barefoot in restaurants and stores because hey, I feel like going bare foot and no blanky blanky government is going to tell me no shirt no shoes & I’m not going to wear a seat belt for the same reason – well, ok let’s keep it going — I don’t really like going 20 mph in a school zone, so what if it’s for the safety of the public “it my rights” tough on the public. This is what I hear all those whiners about masks and limits to restaurants for the public safety of all. I’ve had 3 people I know who have died of the virus, Quit whining!

    • HT
      Posted at 15:02h, 15 November

      Quit propagandizing! Is that you JaBa?

      Still haven’t answered some simple questions. Where do you get money for your food? Are you a teacher or a government leach who already got paid for not working? You can’t be a person who works for a living that depends on others participating in the process of commerce, because you have no clue of how working people make a living. Free people don’t get fed by the government.

      Yeah, quite a few people died of car crashes over the last few months. Stop driving!
      I know 2 cases of death by choking. Stop eating!
      I know 4 people who died this year because they were just over 85+ years old. Stop getting old!
      2 weeks ago, near the UIC campus, there were 2 people walking on the sidewalk during lunch time, died when they were struck by a car that ran onto the sidewalk. Stop walking on the sidewalk!

      Out of +11 million people in IL, and there are so many deaths every single day due to various causes, what do you think the % of death from this virus is? How many are due to other than old age or poor health? What’s the actual mortality rate of this CCP virus? What’s the recovery rate for those who got the CCP virus? You’re either a government leach or just a mental midget, otherwise, you’d be able to answer the above questions.

      If you love to have some obese tyrant telling you how to live your life just so you can feel safe, I suggest you seek residence with the CCP, after you rescind your American citizenship (if you even had one).

      FYI, the judge already ruled that Pugsly’s EOs are invalid. Besides, no one should take health advice from the pictures of diabetes and coronary disease that make up this state and the city of Chicago’s leaders and health officials. Nasty and sloppy looking bunch.

      Why can’t businesses conduct their own affairs? Let businesses tell their customers what to wear. If private businesses don’t want to make money, let them decide that on their own. If they want people to suit up for surgery to go in their establishments, do so, and sheeps like you can patronize those places. The rest of us will go where we are welcomed or where we want,

      Go buy your bubble suit and STOP PROPAGANDIZING!

      • bob
        Posted at 20:21h, 15 November

        Well-put & hilarious!1)Such a dangerous virus that Pelosi had a big party and was busted=hyppocrite.D.C. Mayor criticized for same due to attending Megabig,Pedo-Biden rally=party.Various thugs/looters/arsonists in many cities cram together to commitcrimes-apparently theyre Blessed with immunity.Cali. Gov. Newsom-NWOrder puppet,busted for going to FrenchLaundry fsncy dinner.He afmitted it was Not a good idea.Cali. Judge also many times checked Newsom’s taste for fictatorship and limited his authority.Look it up,its educational! CDC website=trove of goodies such as the study that Factually proves flushots=Lung Inflammation!!!!!Many flushots are only 10-40% effective against the 1 or 3 strains they supposedly “protect” you from. +500,000 u.s. Cancer deaths a year should warrant covdlike attention/alarm.Many videos/testimonies on the lying and hyping of covd deaths worldwide. Why are the healthdepts. So secretive about verifying some things like;cycle threshold range-too high=+False/virus artifact.Virologists agree on 25-35 amplification cycles.2)which exact test and manufacturer is used?Which reagent co. Supplies the reagents?3)Does daily reported covd+ mean results for one day only or a batch collected over 3+days?What is the ratio of Probable vs. Supposedly confirmed cases?4)how many supposed +covd cases are duplicate tests of same person,maybe a worker who has to keep testing to be clear for work?Have some fun & FOIA request this infor. From local and state healthdepts.Ive emailed many times three IL dept. With 0 Response giving any info.This is a Huge point.

        • HT
          Posted at 22:10h, 15 November

          Didn’t you know? We don’t need no info. We ain’t deserving to know anything that technical. We’re just supposed to be “educated” with the new science by random citizen comrades and pack a good dose of fear for everyday living.

          We don’t need no working for our living. Just become teachers or go beg to work for the government. Not a bad gig. Very little to no work while still having a contract to collect taxpayers’ money, while those poor saps out there trying to keep their businesses going.

      • Ann Ihrke
        Posted at 08:48h, 16 November

        Love it!! Very well said!!

  • Dave Nevers
    Posted at 13:45h, 15 November

    Power corrupts. Nowhere is that more evident than Gov. Commodius Maxximus and his royal proclamations. It would be great if he could find some constructive way to spend his time – like working on a balanced budget – instead of playing ‘bad cop’.

  • A. Lincoln
    Posted at 14:25h, 15 November

    Remember this photo of the little boy, Elian Gonzales, on the cover of Newsweek or Time magazine.? This was the immigration police sent by Attorney General Janet Reno to “capture” this little boy to return him to Cuba.

    (Sorry, the photo wouldn’t input to the comments section. Just Google Elian Gonzales photo to see this historically iconic photo of a wild-eyed federal police officer point a real H & K MP5 automatic rifle at a terrified little boy.)

    The video of the ISP COVID Police in this article will be a good campaign ad in Illinois in 2022.

    Good optics JB!

    Welcome to the Democratic People’s Republic of Illinois!

  • Golden Country
    Posted at 15:08h, 15 November

    You do know how the no shirts no shoes mantra got started. It goes back to the days of excluded people of color from establishments. Very racist comparison.
    Also trying to use the seat belt comparison is a false narrative since it is not a privledge to eat not own a business.
    Sorry about the individuals you know that died of Covid 19 but you have no right forcing your measures on others.
    Unfortunately for tax payers those state troopers are probably making over $150k a year.

  • PK
    Posted at 15:10h, 15 November

    Looks like the ISP are operating on LIFO orders without the local health department.

  • Dave
    Posted at 15:22h, 15 November

    Pritzker is a third world banana republic dictator thinks he is entitled to function outside the law

  • Robert O. Bogue
    Posted at 15:26h, 15 November

    The State of Illinois needs to leave the State of Chicago.

    • wiley
      Posted at 20:26h, 15 November

      That reminds me.Why is it Acceptable for Mayor Lightfoot to celebrate pedoBiden voterigging surrounded by tons of people like a foot away,some masked and some not?Fakes,Frauds,Hyppocrites,looter-supporters.

      • HT
        Posted at 22:24h, 15 November

        Easy answer. Because they’re better than us. Because that’s how communists roll.
        In this country during the last few months, we’ve already seen examples of ONLY dems govs and mayors blatantly and freely do as they please while their rules are for the rest of us. Here are those dear leaders: Whitmer (MI), Pugsly and family & midget commie mayor (IL), slick newsome & plastic pelosi (CA), Fredo & diblasio (NY), levine (PA).

        In other commie havens: fat and well fed CCP and NK dictators while their people starve, Venezuela, Cuba, and Vietnam, same story, where those dear leaders’ families are near godliness, why their citizens live in despair and poverty.

        Ask anyone who escaped from communism, and the story is always the same. It’s only us “stupid” Americans that don’t seem to get it, so we’re just letting that cancer slowly take over and destroy our way of life.

  • Homer
    Posted at 16:34h, 15 November

    Wow gov Holcomb of Indiana’ guidelines are similar yet I don’t here complaints from republican Retards in Indiana

    • HT
      Posted at 17:16h, 15 November

      Yeah, good try. Just throwing a comment like that is suppose to make it a fact?

      Do you live there? Have you been there recently? I’d say no.

      And of course, the leftist commies are so much more enlightened, and everyone else is a retard. That’s very politically incorrect and non-inclusive for such a tolerant group of people.

      Seems like the RATS like you never learn, and never can respond to some simple questions.

      How or why can the US government dictate matters of commerce to anyone? Ever heard of the Constitution? Ever heard of dictators and socialists heroes? Yeah, they don’t like the US Constitution much, either.

      China, Cuba, NK, Venezuela, and Vietnam are some potential paradises for your enlightened lot to consider. No US Constitution there at all! Those leaders know exactly how to keep you safe!!

      I’ll chip in for your 1-way plane ticket.

      • Homer
        Posted at 06:41h, 16 November

        Ht I eat in indiana several nights a week I was in Indiana yesterday I see people wearing masks everywhere I go ..also I have Friend who owns a restaurant and starting today he’s going back to pickup only volunteering because Covid is real not a hoax

        • HT
          Posted at 09:57h, 16 November

          Not saying the CCP virus is a hoax, just way over hyped to control sheeps.

          Second, nice response, but that’s not how it is in IN at large. There are people (not me, of course, so don’t report me 🙁 ) that have been in the process of moving to IN, and it ain’t like what you said.

          By the way, if you’ve actually been to IN regularly, aren’t you in direct violation of your leaders’ travel ban? You’re either lying like a typical RAT, or just a hypocrite, where your rules are for other people and not for you. Very much in line w/ your commie tyrants.

          So you’re traveling to IN several nights a week, defying your travel ban (yea, freedom!), eating out at restaurants that are open (yea, capitalism!!!), and are OK w/ these commies here imposing their grip on our lives? Yeah, good comrade.

          • Homer
            Posted at 12:48h, 16 November

            Well ht I live so close to indiana that on good days i can throw a rock over to it also a farmer I work for has ground in both states and I graduated high school

    • PK
      Posted at 17:22h, 15 November

      Okay, someone’s gotta do it.

      “here’ is an adverb.” If you “don’t here complaints…” its probably due to an inordinate buildup of a waxy substance between your ears. Hear is a verb. Not hearing, or not having a particular audio sensation can often be explained by a person who uses a hearing aide with a weak or dead battery.

      • HT
        Posted at 17:43h, 15 November

        Yeah, you caught that obvious gem. Calling people ‘tards, yet probably never passed 3rd grade. Probably didn’t “here” those early lessons. ::)

        • PK
          Posted at 13:37h, 16 November

          On a good day:

          ‘I remember when rock was young
          Me and Suzie had so much fun
          Holding hands and skimming stones
          Had an old gold Chevy and a place of my own’ – Bernie Taupin and Elton John, Crocodile Rock

          On yesterday’s bad day, throw stones.

        • A. Lincoln
          Posted at 14:59h, 16 November

          Right, that two!

    • Ray S.
      Posted at 17:32h, 15 November

      Wow, let the healing begin eh?

  • Ray S.
    Posted at 17:30h, 15 November

    What business did they visit? I’d like to go have a meal there to show my support to them….

    • Stella Holmes
      Posted at 23:22h, 15 November

      On the Tracks Cafe Paris Illinois

  • Art Goldsworthy
    Posted at 17:42h, 15 November

    I live in Winnebago County. Many restaurants have stayed open to avoid going bankrupt. The county health department has visited some as many as 6 times, issuing orders to close. They stay open as there is no legal basis to their orders.

    • wiley
      Posted at 20:33h, 15 November

      Hey Art,I am also in w.bago.Didnt hear about this situation.What else do ya know re. Biz/nonprofit situation? I see many empty/closed/evicted biz.But didnt the gov.give enough$ with the many programs,ha,ha,ha!You all will have to do popup or sneaky commerce and barter after digimoney is shoved down our throats.Love to know the Real unemployment # in our county!

  • Ann Ihrke
    Posted at 08:43h, 16 November

    So, in other words, they are just harassing these business people. If all restaurants joined together and stayed open, they cannot close all of them. Those persons worried about their health, do not have to go to a restaurant or bar–the rest can and these businesses will hopefully be able to stay in business.

    • HT
      Posted at 10:11h, 16 November

      Well, that way of life, where each person conducts his/her own affairs according to his/her own wish, is too American. They can’t have that. Haven’t you see the blue wave that’s supposedly covering the country?

      I wonder at what point will Americans just go back to the old-school method of exercising our Constitutional rights.

  • Tony
    Posted at 16:16h, 16 November

    We’er at the point where: Businesses stay open and risk getting shut down and going out of business…or stay closed and go out of business.

    Great choices. /s

  • Shela
    Posted at 17:00h, 16 November

    Who cares if he does goes to another state he is following his own guidelines. He owns multiple houses so even if he goes to one of them…he is still at home. It’s not like he is overseas on vacation or something. Many celebrities own multiple houses that they travel too back and forth for stay at home orders.
    Just look at Trump. He owns multiple homes, and his coronavirus task force told us back in April to not travel, and had travel bans and then his Daughter Ivanka goes to New Jersey for passover, which was a high risk hotspot for the virus….I guess president Trump doesn’t even follow his own rules…..but hey he can get away with anything.

    Funny how you guys believe anything you read online about the Governor, but anything you read about the president is “fake news”…..well how do you know the photos they post of the Governor is not old photos they are claiming to be new just so they don’t have to follow his rules…

  • Shela
    Posted at 19:01h, 16 November

    A majority of the Illinois economy is open. He never closed down restaurants just want to close indoor dining. You can still have outdoor dining or takeout. I know someone who owns a restaurant and they opened a car-hop business where people eat in their cars in the parking lot, and the waitress comes to your car and takes your order. What is wrong with adjusting your business like that.
    I also know someone who got this virus and they are in the hospital for it.
    Freedom is not about doing want to…sometimes its about helping others out.
    Also bars are closed. Well he made it a law that beer can be delivered to houses, so what is the difference if you are drinking at home or at a bar, but this will limit the amount of Drunk Drivers on the road.
    But hey its all about what people want to do, it’s like watching a group of spoiled teenagers arguing about following rules their parents put in place.

    Besides who cares if Pritzker travels out of state for Thanksgiving. He never stopped anyone from traveling. He even stated in his briefings that there are people who travel out of state for work or school, and they even said if you need to travel or have large gatherings for Thanksgiving to make sure everyone is wearing a mask, and socially distanced. He never said you cant travel or visit family, just do it safely. They just urge people to do it by zoom or skype because its safer.

    • PK
      Posted at 19:44h, 16 November

      Your rationale and analogy fit together like a diapered toddler observing adults.

      • HT
        Posted at 22:04h, 16 November

        I’d say that’s pretty pithy.

    • HT
      Posted at 22:19h, 16 November

      Maybe if you create a business, and just apply that asinine method of doing business, you’d know how close you’d get to bankruptcy.

      The extra cost of buying and setting up those ridiculous outside tents, heat lamps, propane gas, for some tables outside, and limited to say, about 1/4 of what your business was scaled for inside, are all on top of any fixed or marginal costs. Even assuming that there are enough gullible sheeps willing to freeze their buns off eating outside, your total cost would still be much higher than what you’d take in. In the real adult world, that’s call a losing business plan.

      Sounds like a public school teacher or a government employee pitching a business plan. Hey, the midget commie mayor in Chicago just decided to take a 30-year loan out to pay for all of the current annual salaries of the city’s employees. You may want to apply for a job there, in the finance department. You’d fit right in. Don’t forget to copy what you wrote here onto your resume.

      By the way, freedom means not having to be forced to be slaves to the government in the name of helping others. I’ve been there, done that, and escaped that sh!thole. Not interested in that crap ever again. You’re free to fork over all of your savings for the benefit of others, though. Do it!

  • A. Lincoln
    Posted at 22:18h, 16 November

    I don’t know if you should pity Shela for her naïveté or simply marvel at her ability to form words.

  • M. GRAY
    Posted at 01:50h, 17 November

    My theory is, If people are so afraid of this virus, stay home do not patronize these places, stay away from family or friend gatherings, stay 6 ft. From other people, you should, but……….. leave the rest of us that choose to patronize these places of businesses,, choose to attend various gatherings and not distance ourselves away from other people to live as we choose. We are a free people (so far) and we choose to not live in fear. If you want to, fine, you are free to do that, but the rest of us choose otherwise. We could get in our vehicle and be hit head on and killed in an accident, are you going to stop driving out of fear of that happening, like so many people have died that way ?? I don’t think so !!!! I’ve made my point !!!

  • Ang Rose
    Posted at 05:25h, 27 November

    Sending the cops to be the Food Police?

    What a joke.

    Well at least they weren’t tasering diabetics in the middle of a seizure!

  • Ang
    Posted at 10:06h, 27 November

    Looks like the ISP are being tasked to look into indoor dining but are ranked #3 for failure to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests. Per the Better Government Association…

    Aren’t the ISP also on the security detail for any IL Governor, regardless of his or her party affiliation? And yet they frequently refuse to release public records? So they’re sent to what? Just look scary?

    An Executive Order is not actual “law” unless passed by the Legislature and especially not if it is unconstitutional! Hence they were probably dispatched to look scary.

    Maybe start fulfilling the backlog of FOIA requests and fighting real crimes instead of being the Indoor Dining Food Police?

    Tsk tsk

    No wonder Illinois has massive outmigration.