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Gov. J.B. Pritzker (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)

His Honor, the Imperial Illinois Guv, J.B. Pritzker, majordomo to all 12.7 million Illinois serfs within his domain, is shutting down restaurants again.

With papal-like authority, Pritzker has ordered  Chicago bars and restaurants in Chicago to halt indoor service and to limit gatherings 25 people effective today.

In this, Pritzker is ignoring pleas from the pitiful, whining restaurant owners who are laying off workers hand over fist, scrambling to find some extra cash to stay open or shutting down permanently. Tough. Too bad. Shoulda picked a better way to make a living. Go pound sand.

It would be an easy shot to say that Pritzker doesn't understand or care about the people struggling in Illinois, he having been born into a family fortune worth billions of dollars. He doesn't know how to struggle to meet a payroll, take out a second mortgage on the house, sweat out the utility bill or look for work. Maybe if he had to bus a few tables for a week he'd get a clue.

I'll take the easy shot because the Grand Poobah deserves it. He doesn't have a clue. What turns this comedy into a tragedy, I think, is that he truly believes that he is protecting and saving lives. Despite the evidence to the contrary.

By evidence, I'm not talking about one of those epidemiology studies, so many of them wrong, that are running our lives. Fed up, we are. I'm talking about people who know firsthand.

The Illinois Restaurant Association spotlighted Jodi Fyfe who had to shut down her West Loop restaurant, Eden because of the Pritzker restrictions. “We went from 536 employees to 24 and have never worked harder in our lives,” she said. 

The free market Illinois Policy Institute gave voice to Kristan Vaughan, whose family had to close one and is trying to sell a second of their seven Irish pubs in the Chicago area.

"The evidence does not show we are the cause of the spread,” she said. Out of her 160 employees, she said two tested positive for COVID-19 and neither got it at the restaurant or was in a position to spread it.

I can only add my own experience, which might not count for much, but which is real. I live in Duval County (coterminous with the city of Jacksonville) where restaurants began opening months ago and now are at full indoor service.

Surely a recipe for disaster, Pritzker might say. So, here are the stats: Out of 34,963 confirmed cases in Duval County, 515 have died. That's 1.47 percent of the cases. Duval County/Jacksonville's estimated 2019 population is 911,507. meaning that here you have a 0.06 percent chance of dying from Covid-19. 

Hospitals are not being flooded with serious or terminal cases and regular health care is being provided.

By the way, schools also are open here with in-classroom instruction and remote learning for parents who choose it for their children. Makes too much sense for Illinois.

Jacksonville and Duval County must be doing something right.

In Florida, restrictions have been lifted on all businesses, including restaurants and bars. Floridians will not be fined for not wearing face masks. Local governments can impose their own restrictions within limits. They cannot limit restaurant seating to less than 50 percent occupancy. Local officials will have to justify limiting occupancy to less than 100 percent capacity.

When Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted the restrictions, he said, "Every business has the right to operate."

Scandalous! Reckless! Crazy! Imagine in this day and age allowing a business to operate without the go-ahead from government. Let's shut them down by giving those businesses a taste of looting and rioting!

The Illinois Restaurant Association said at a press conference today that it would join with others in legal action challenging Pritzker's extreme restrictions. Good for them. It's not pitchforks and tar and feathers, but standing up to autocracy is one of the hallmarks of the American character. Forcing businesses to close and evicting people from their jobs should not be permitted by the likes of the clueless Pritzker.

Related: Some suburban restaurants defy indoor shutdown order, while others watch and await legal challenges: ‘It’s just us looking out for us.’

 

 

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  • You don’t suppose Pritzker has his own private dining room and cooking staff. Why would he care about restaurants or their staff? His fortune is locked in.

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    Time to crawl back under your rock.

  • > By evidence, I'm not talking about one of those epidemiology studies, so many of them wrong, that are running our lives. Fed up, we are. I'm talking about people who know firsthand.

    I'm not sure you know what the word 'evidence' means. Having people tell you what happens to them is called 'anecdotes'. Those are the opposite of evidence. Evidence tells you something meaningful. Anecdotes tell you how someone feels, which, honestly, is for snowflakes.

    The is just more evidence of your hypocrisy:
    > Local governments can impose their own restrictions within limits. They cannot limit restaurant seating to less than 50 percent occupancy. Local officials will have to justify limiting occupancy to less than 100 percent capacity.

    Who decides the limits of the local government? Is it the state? Is it ok for the state to tell the local governments what to do? Maybe ok as long as they decide the way you would decide?

    That's a serious question. I doubt you will answer, but why is it ok for the state to dictate to localities in some cases, but not in others?

    > Hospitals are not being flooded with serious or terminal cases and regular health care is being provided.

    According to this: https://bi.ahca.myflorida.com/t/ABICC/views/Public/HospitalBedsHospital?:showAppBanner=false&:display_count=n&:showVizHome=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:isGuestRedirectFromVizportal=y&:embed=y hospitals in Duval county are over 75% capacity. The Mayo Clinic in Duval, which has 302 beds currently has 2 unoccupied beds.

    Things are currently great in Jacksonville. What kind of coronavirus surge would it take to get that 75% capacity to a number that does make you nervous, Dennis?

    Should I expect you to answer these questions? I doubt it...

  • In reply to BillDCat:

    Mr. BillDCat, may I suggest you pitch your ideas to the Chicagonow.com editor and join the others on here who serve as PR hacks for The Party (Democrat Party)? Perhaps then we will find out your real identity. Should I expect that? Nah, doubt it.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    I don't know why you'd continue to ask such stupid questions. I don't really care who you are. Is it ego that makes you think that knowing who you are is what drives the rest of us? What does Richard think about this? Oooohh. I wonder what Richard is doing? What would he say about this latest thing?

    Feel free to present a thought or an argument. I couldn't care less about you and I'm happy wasting a few minutes reading your stupid thoughts and telling you where you are wrong. I'm happy to reply to you and any points you make. You choose to continue to want to know where I live. That seems telling enough, don't you think?

  • Herr Fuhrer Jumbo still ruling by royal fiat - continuing his Orwellian UNpersoning of the so-called "non-essential".

    What else can you expect from a corruptocrat who's never worked a legit day in his life, never created a job, never had to figure out how to keep your business running when dumbass wannabe dictators try to destroy it.

    The ONLY absolutely non-essential jobs in this state are HIS and useless Leisure Suit Lori Lightfoot.

  • I yearned for a bite and went to my corner pizza restaurant this afternoon. Carrying pizza home was fine. "Closing" is not an accurate picture.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    You are correct of course, Margaret, but this is not the narrative Dennis wishes to broadcast. Right now the worst outbreaks are in the upper Midwest. Soon enough the crest of the pandemic will return to the Southeast. I hope when that happens we will not follow Dennis' example and gloat at Jacksonville's misfortune.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    So you eat pizza three times a day, seven days a week? I can’t make eggs Benedict or French toast as good as my favorite breakfast place. Not the kind of meals for takeout, cold when you get home. How about calamari and mussels, another favorite? Not hot, soggy, by the time you get it home. Of course, if you’re cheap, you save money with takeout, no drinks and no tips, so what if it’s not hot. So the heck with those people that depend on tips and drinks.

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    Take some on-line tutorials on cooking. It's a perfect hobby when you're locked down. Who knows, you may concoct something worthwhile instead of all the nonsense you put here.

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