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Gov Pritzker: Illinois To Provide KN95 Masks To Illinois Schools –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On August 26, 2021


Gov Pritzker sent a memo to Leader Durkin stating that he will pursue providing KN95 masks to all schools in Illinois at their request.

From the letter to Leader Durkin:

I appreciate that as the leader of Illinois House Republicans, you support the real and tangible results of students wearing masks in schools. As you know, we have offered surgical masks to schools throughout the state over the course of the pandemic. I appreciate your request to additionally furnish KN95 masks to schools; my administration will immediately reach out to superintendents to inform them that KN95 masks are available at their request through our normal PPE distribution channels.

I will continue to do everything within my authority as governor to keep the people of our state safe, and as I have said many times, in addition to those necessary steps that doctors have recommended, I welcome any further ideas from you or members of your caucus.

I encourage you and members of your caucus to continue to bring ideas forward, and to propose legislation that would help save lives, end this pandemic and pass in the General Assembly.”

08.26.21 Durkin Response Letter


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  • Dave
    Posted at 13:47h, 26 August Reply

    KN95 masks are dust masks

  • David Somerset
    Posted at 13:49h, 26 August Reply

    A magnanimous gesture by Governor Pritzker such as this has not been seen in recent history since Marie-Antonette said “Let them eat cake”, notwithstanding that it was probably said by a different royal.

    • jamie in Illinois
      Posted at 17:28h, 26 August Reply

      Pritzker eats lots of cake…glad he is showing us how to be healthy by wearing a mask…rolling eyes

  • Frank Miller
    Posted at 17:14h, 26 August Reply

    Virus particles are usually less than 1000 nanometers (1 micrometer) in size. The average eustachian tube (ear canal) diameter is 3mm, wide enough to accommodate over 1000 virus particles marching side by side from the outer ear to the nasal cavity. Your mask can be N10o, fit perfectly, and it would still be worthless in stopping virus particle transmission. Don’t take my word for it, ask the laboratory workers who dress up in full-body space suits and STILL have problems avoiding virus transmission.

    (1) New England Journal of Medicine:

    “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection.”

    (2) Journal of the American Medical Association:

    “Face masks should be used only by individuals who have symptoms of respiratory infection such as coughing, sneezing, or, in some cases, fever. Face masks should also be worn by health care workers, by individuals who are taking care of or are in close contact with people who have respiratory infections, or otherwise as directed by a doctor. Face masks should not be worn by healthy individuals to protect themselves from acquiring respiratory infection because there is no evidence to suggest that face masks worn by healthy individuals are effective in preventing people from becoming ill.”

    (3) Neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock :

    “It is evident from this review that there is insufficient evidence that wearing a mask of any kind can have a significant impact in preventing the spread of this virus. If you are not sick, you should not wear a face mask.”

    (4) US Surgeon General Jerome Adams:

    “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing the general public from catching Coronavirus.”

    (5) US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAIH), Dr. Anthony Fauci:

    “People should not be walking around wearing masks. Masks do not provide the protection people think they do.”

    (6) World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Mike Ryan:

    ”There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly.”

    (7) Journal of Evidence Based Medicine:

    “The current meta-analysis shows the use of N95 respirators compared with surgical masks is not associated with a lower risk of laboratory-confirmed influenza. It suggests that N95 respirators should not be recommended for the general public and non high risk medical staffs that are not in close contact with influenza patients or suspected patients.”

    Following the science.

    • Sam
      Posted at 07:11h, 27 August Reply

      You Rock Star for posting this! Shame people simply follow what they’re told without thinking or reading anything outside of the lame stream media. It beggars belief to be honest.

  • Rodney Nelson,MD
    Posted at 18:31h, 26 August Reply

    What peer reviewed randomized prospective clinical trial that demonstrated a significant reduction in serious disease and death is the Gov relying upon? Specific citations are required.
    Kn95’s were 60% counterfeit in one study. They are single use,

  • Tony
    Posted at 21:20h, 26 August Reply

    So their noses and mouths are “protected”. Great. How about their eyes, ears, open cuts/scrapes… And what happens at lunch time? I assume the virus must take a break too.

  • Lara
    Posted at 01:47h, 27 August Reply

    No news on the indoor mask mandate? It’s going into effect on the 31st. I’ll be ignoring it.

  • Spike Protein
    Posted at 19:03h, 27 August Reply

    On Thursday, August 26, Pritzker decreed that all college students, healthcare workers, and school staff from preschool through college must get the covid vaccine or be regularly tested for covid.

    Pritzker declared that, “Effective September 5, individuals working in these settings who are unable or unwilling to receive their first dose of vaccine will be required to get tested for covid-19 at least once a week and [Illinois Department of Public health] and [Illinois State Board of Education] may require more frequent testing in certain situations, like in an outbreak.”

    Pritzker also decreed that masks will be required indoors in all establishments open to the public statewide starting on Monday, August 30.

    Pritzker obtained support for his decrees from The Illinois Retail Merchants Association and The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association.

    When private companies are used to implement and enforce tyrannical government mandates, like Pritzker’s mask and vaccine decrees, that is corporate fascism.

    My advice to individuals, schools, and businesses in Illinois regarding Pritzker’s mask and vaccine decrees is simple:


    We have been forced to endure Pritzker’s mask mandates for a year and a half. Now, we are also being forced to endure his vaccine mandate.

    These mandates will not end until we defy them through peaceful protests and civil disobedience. Compliance is consent.

    If we do not stop the mask mandates now, they will likely become permanent fixtures during cold and flu season and whenever a particularly bad cold is going around. We can’t let that happen.

    We also can’t allow the covid vaccine mandate to become a permanent fixture. Each person has physical sovereignty over their own body and shouldn’t be compelled to inject something into their body that they do not want in their body.

    My viewpoint against mandating the covid vaccine also applies to mandating any vaccine in general. I’m a vaccine libertarian and I believe that each individual should be able to decide which particular vaccines, if any, to receive.

    The covid vaccine is unique among mandated vaccines in that it has a substantially higher likelihood of producing adverse reactions up to and including death.

    The Open VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) website reports that there have been 13,068 deaths caused by the covid vaccine as of August 13.

    This number is likely much higher as VAERS only reflects adverse reactions that are voluntarily reported by doctors, patients, or others who may be familiar with a particular adverse reaction.

    Adverse reactions are usually grossly underreported. Some experts believe that only approximately 1% of adverse reactions are reported to VAERS.

    The Open VAERS website is a private independent website that reports the data listed on the official CDC VAERS website in a more user-friendly format.

    I plan on openly defying Pritzker’s mask mandate and will also not be getting the covid vaccine. I hope that a substantial percentage of my fellow Illinoisans join me.

    There are 12,812,508 Illinoisans and it would be disgusting and disappointing if the majority of them just sheepishly fall in line with whatever Pritzker decrees. Part of being a free person is being able to dissent with words and actions when those in power issue unjust orders.

    Obtaining a religious exemption might be an option for those who wish to defy Pritzker’s vaccine decree. It might even be worth trying to get a religious exemption to the mask mandate.

    From what I understand as a non-expert on the matter, one doesn’t even need to get a religious leader, such as a pastor, to sign off on their religious exemption. It’s instead based on one’s own personal beliefs.

    For example, for a Christian, it would be based on the individual’s own personal relationship with Jesus and interpretation of the Bible.

    Health exemptions might also be an option for those defying the mask and vaccine decrees. In fact, if one wants to visit an establishment mask free and is accosted for the fact that they are mask free, they could just claim that they have “asthma” and that wearing a mask aggravates their asthma.

    The reason that I put “asthma” in quotation marks is because it’s irrelevant if the maskless person really does have asthma. This is just a good excuse to use to avoid unnecessary conflict with pro-maskers while in public.

    People in any demographic can potentially have asthma, which makes it a good respiratory disease for anyone to pretend to have in order to conveniently escape the tyrannical mask decree.

    I will not stay in Illinois if perpetual mask wearing and forced covid vaccinations become a requirement to living or working in Illinois. I only have one life to live and will not waste it being miserable in a place with such liberty infringing policies in place.

    I will only stay in Illinois and fight to make it better if there are a substantial number of fellow Illinoisans who will join me in peaceful civil disobedience against Pritzker’s mask and vaccine decrees.

    If it becomes evident that I’m fighting a losing battle with only a small number of like-minded Illinois patriots, I’ll give up and move to a location in another state where I can live mask and covid vaccine free.

    I encourage businesses, schools, and other organizations, such as churches, to not partner with Pritzker in enforcing his mask and vaccine decrees. Don’t become a mindless cog in his machine of corporate fascism.

    Public and private organizations, along with each individual, need to bravely stand up to Pritzker and do the right thing by defying his unjust mask and vaccine decrees.

    The whole idea that “science” can somehow justify suspending our civil liberties and force us to mask up, vaccinate, quarantine healthy people, suspend in-person learning, and test people indefinitely to make sure that they aren’t infected with covid needs to be squelched.

    As British Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said:

    “Science will explain how but not why. It talks about what is, not what ought to be. Science is descriptive, not prescriptive; it can tell us about causes but it cannot tell us about purposes. Indeed, science disavows purposes.”

    In other words, science only tells us what is. It doesn’t tell us what policies to implement. Mask and vaccine mandates are the result of political science, not actual science.

    If the vaccine works, then those who are vaccinated should have no reason to be concerned about the vaccination status of others or feel a need to force others to wear a mask in order to protect themselves.

    Just because someone in power might think that particular items, such as mask wearing or vaccinations, are scientifically proven to be efficacious, doesn’t mean that they can be mandated on others.

    Part of living in a free society means accepting the fact that other people may very well do things that one may find unscientific or inefficacious to living a healthy life.

    For example, the gluttonous and lazy lifestyle that likely caused Pritzker’s gross, morbid obesity has been scientifically proven to be inefficacious to living a long and healthy life, but that doesn’t give me the right to mandate that Pritzker finally stop overeating, eat healthier, and exercise.

    The concept of medical privacy protects those who don’t wish to disclose their vaccination status to their employer, school, or other people in general.

    Risk is inherent in a free society. A free people assume that risk as they go about their daily lives. No more restricting our liberty under the guise of additional security.

    No more mask mandates, quarantining of healthy people, lockdowns, vaccine mandates, mandatory covid testing, and other covid mandates.

  • PK
    Posted at 22:21h, 28 August Reply

    Does Governor Pritzker have an inventory leftover from when his admin team bought a cargo plane load? “Building the plane in the air” he said, then. Terrible governance then, now, and again, “Leader Durkin.”

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