Six Flags Great America Reopening Date Still UncertainPark : “Officials say they could safely reopen now, but state officials could keep them shuttered for the rest of the year.”

Oh come on. Six Flags Gurnee May not reopen this season. They went to Governor Pritzker with their plans that they implemented in other states. While they were/are able to reopen in other states, this jerk said NO.

Despite talk of opening its gates ahead of schedule, Six Flags Great America remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and a date for reopening is still uncertain. Under Restore Illinois, the state’s phased reopening plan, the park won’t be allowed to host visitors again until Phase 5, which won’t come until either a coronavirus vaccine or treatment is developed or there are no new cases over a sustained period of time. That’s unlikely to happen this year.

But park management said May 26 that they believed the park could safely reopen within a month if allowed to do so, and to be ready, they were already hiring about 4,500 seasonal workers.

“We can control the amount of people and the amount of reservations we give out just like a restaurant,” Six Flags Great America President Hank Salemi told CBS Chicago, arguing that with temperature checks, masks and partially empty rides, the 300-acre park could provide a safe experience for visitors.

Six Flags parks in Oklahoma, Arizona and Texas reopened this week using a similar reservation system. But Six Flags Great America told Patch Friday the park hasn’t yet received permission to move forward.

“We’re still working with the Governor’s office and other local officials to determine an opening date,” communications manager Caitlin Kepple said in an email.

The latest update on the park’s website says, “Following local and regional COVID-19 health directives, we will open as soon as it is safe to do so. While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at the properties, the safety of our guests and team members is always our highest priority. We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation, and follow the most current guidance from federal, state, and local officials.”

According to Six Flags, one-day tickets will be honored through the end of the year, and 2020 season pass holders will be given credit toward the 2021 season for every day the park is closed in 2020. In addition, Regular, Gold, Gold Plus, Platinum and Diamond members will be upgraded to the next level of membership for free and get a free month of membership for every month the park is closed.

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Illinois Supreme Court: Law requiring county board members to certify work hours to get pensions is unconstitutional

Elected county board members, who have been amassing public pensions, do not need for their counties to prove they are working at least 11 hours a week to continue amassing their pension benefits as required by a state law, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled.

On June 4, the state Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a 2016 state law that required county governments throughout the state to certify their county board members worked at least 600-1,000 hours per year in their elected roles. Should a county not do so, the law allowed the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund – the quasi-public agency that handles a host of retirement pensions for local government retirees throughout the state – to cut those county board members off from continued participation in the pension plans.

In 2017, the government of Williamson County, situated around the city of Marion in far southern Illinois, failed to provide the IMRF with the required certification concerning the work hours of its county board members. That requirement had been triggered by the reelection of one of the county’s three county board members, Commissioner Robert Gentry.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride

Under guidance issued by the IMRF, county governments had 90 days following the election of a county board member to file the certification, assuring the IMRF that the county board members continued to meet eligibility requirements to participate in the pension plan.

When Williamson County failed to abide by the law, the IMRF cut off Gentry, as well as his fellow commissioners Ronald Ellis and James Marlo.

Eventually, the case landed in Williamson County court, where the county and the three county board commissioners argued the state law was unconstitutional. They said it violated the Illinois state constitution’s so-called pensions clause, which forbids governments from taking any action to diminish or impair workers’ pensions.

In recent years, that clause has been interpreted by the state Supreme Court to forbid even relatively modest attempts at reform of the state’s burgeoning and underfunded public pensions systems, which consume an ever-growing share of tax revenue in Illinois.

In response, the IMRF argued the law’s reform measures pass constitutional muster, because they don’t deny any benefits already earned to the county board members. Rather, it disallows the county board members from continuing to participate in the pension plan because they no longer meet the requirements, specifically, the rule requiring their county to certify they are still working at least 11 hours per week on county business.

The IMRF argued to rule the law unconstitutional would create “absurd results” in which “an individual need only qualify for participation once and then be entitled to future participation for an indefinite amount of time.”

A circuit judge disagreed, however.

And on appeal, so did a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court.

The opinion was authored by Justice Thomas L. Kilbride. All of the court’s other justices concurred.

The IMRF “is mistaken,” Justice Kilbride said. “We do not conclude that plaintiffs were entitled to unlimited future IMRF participation for an indefinite time period. Plaintiffs are, however, entitled to constitutional protection of the contractual relationship of their IMRF membership when they began employment.”

The Supreme Court repeatedly noted the IMRF “never alleged that plaintiffs (the three Williamson County commissioners) have at any point failed to satisfy the original requirements for IMRF participation in effect when plaintiffs first became IMRF members.”

The justices said ruling in favor of the IMRF and allowing the law to stand would allow “the original requirements for plaintiffs’ IMRF participation” to be “changed unilaterally by the legislature,” which the Supreme Court has previously ruled is unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court said it has “consistently held that the contractual relationship protected by (the pensions clause) is governed by the actual terms of the contract or pension plan in effect at the time the employee becomes a member of the retirement system.”

The 2016 reform measure addressing county board member pension eligibility “imposes a new requirement for continued IMRF participation that did not exist when plaintiffs began their public employment,” the Supreme Court said.

In this instance, the justices said the law would directly impair the county board members’ ability to amass greater pension benefits because the termination of their “continued IMRF participation … decreased their service credits and negatively impacted their annuity benefit calculation.”

“We emphasize that in this case there is no dispute that plaintiffs satisfied the original IMRF eligibility requirements in effect when they became IMRF members,” Justice Kilbride wrote. “The only reason their IMRF participation was terminated in February 2017 was the failure of the Williamson County Board of Commissioners to pass the service-hours resolution within the requisite 90 days,” as required by the 2016 law.

“This newly created requirement in the Pension Code did not exist when plaintiffs began their public employment and participation in IMRF. Thus, it cannot be constitutionally applied to plaintiffs.”

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Illinois Schools Allowed To Re-Open Per Governor Pritzker Executive Order Signed on June 4, 2020-including Summer School Programs


Illinois Governor J.B Pritzker today, June 4, signed an executive order allowing all Illinois schools to reopen, including summer school programs.

  The executive order states that schools can reopen for limited, in-person education, and food distribution will be allowed.

  Although schools are reopening, all students and staff will be required to wear a face mask if they are over two years old. 

 Currently, capacity per room will be limited to 10, and 6 feet social distancing rules will be mandatory. Schools are also strongly recommended to provide students and staff with personal protective equipment.

 The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today released Part Two of the Transition Plan Advisory Workgroup’s recommendations for transitioning to in-person instruction. The guidance focuses on activities allowed in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, including summer school, and aligns with Executive Order 2020-40PDF Document. The joint guidance, developed in collaboration with educators, superintendents, social workers, nurses, and other stakeholders, provides recommendations for how schools can comply with IDPH health and safety requirements in Phase 3.  
While Phase 3 allows for the resumption of limited face-to-face instruction, schools cannot yet return to pre-pandemic operations. Extensive social distancing, enhanced sanitation measures, and other accommodations will be necessary to ensure the safety of students, staff, and their families. View the full guidance.PDF Document 
“We are excited and encouraged to see Illinois move into Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “This progress is due in no small part to the dedication of students, teachers, and their families to staying home, social distancing, and wearing face coverings when in public. I am immensely grateful for these efforts and the sacrifices that school communities have made. While Phase 3 allows some in-person small group activities, we must continue to be diligent in following the required safety protocols to keep Illinois on the path to recovery.” 
All public and private schools must follow IDPH requirements in Phase 3, which:
  • Prohibit more than 10 individuals from gathering in one space;
  • Require social distancing policies; and, 
  • Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Decisions regarding whether to conduct allowable activities during Phase 3 will remain at the discretion of local school authorities, in consultation with local public health departments. 
Schools should ensure individuals wear face coverings and other PPE appropriate to their duties and risk of exposure, wash hands frequently, conduct symptom and temperature checks before entering the school building, regularly clean and sanitize buildings and equipment, restrict the borrowing or sharing of items, and limit capacity in any space to 10 or fewer people. Individuals who show any signs or symptoms of illness should stay home. 
The guidance outlines what to do if someone appears ill at school and further considerations for specific areas of the school, such as restrooms, classrooms, water fountains, playgrounds, hallways, administrative offices, and cafeterias. The guidance also contains considerations for specific activities, such as physical education, behind-the-wheel driver’s education, transportation, and music courses. Schools should clearly communicate safety protocols and expectations to students, staff, and families in advance — in the family’s native language — and via multiple modes, including signage around the school.
Activities allowed in Phase 3 include:
  • Behind-the-Wheel Instruction — Students may participate in behind-the-wheel instruction. Vehicles must be cleaned and sanitized between each use and only two students and one instructor may be in a vehicle at a time.
  • Child Find — Districts may conduct activities pertaining to the legal requirement that schools find all children who have disabilities and who may be entitled to special education services.
  • Early Childhood, Special Education, and English Learner Screenings — Schools and districts may conduct in-person early childhood, special education, and English Learner screenings.
  • Extended School Year — Districts may offer extended school year services, as appropriate, to students whose Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) require the service. 
  • Host Summer Camps and Other Programs — Schools and districts may allow buildings to be used for summer camps and other programs sponsored by third parties. Playgrounds may not be used.
  • Individualized Education Program Meetings — Districts may conduct IEP meetings for families who have been unable to engage in virtual IEP meetings. These meetings should still be held virtually, to the greatest extent possible.
  • Mediation and Due Process Hearings — Mediations and due process hearings may take place in person. However, it is recommended that mediation and due process hearings still be conducted virtually, if all parties agree to do so.
  • School Registration — Staff may provide in-person registration for students and families, when necessary. Schools and districts should also provide remote registration opportunities.
  • Special Education Evaluations — Districts may conduct evaluations that could not be completed virtually. Evaluations should still be held virtually, to the greatest extent possible.
  • Staff Meetings and Professional Development — Districts may convene staff members for any appropriate training, planning, and professional development purposes.
  • Summer Meals Distribution — ISBE highly encourages school districts to evaluate the needs of their students and community as they transition into the different phases of opening the state and continue to provide meals through the summer to meet the needs of their communities. The required Summer Food Service trainings can be conducted virtually. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently extended several key flexibilitiesPDF Document through Aug. 31, 2020, to allow school districts to continue to provide non-congregate meals to meet the needs of their communities. Further, Public Act 096-0734 requires every public school in which at least 50 percent of the students were eligible for free and reduced-price lunches and has a summer school program must provide a summer breakfast and/or lunch to the students in the summer school and children in that community. 
  • Summer School — Schools and districts may conduct in-person summer school. Special populations, which may include students with IEPs, English Learners, and students who received incompletes during remote instruction, should receive priority consideration for services. 
  • Testing Centers — Schools may serve as testing sites for students.
Executive Order 2020-40 and the joint IDPH and ISBE guidance supersede any previous guidance on summer school. The agencies and the Transition Plan Advisory Workgroup will release further guidance in the coming weeks for the 2020-21 school year and activities allowed in Phase 4. 

More details will be released as the 2020-21 school year approaches.

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Pritzker Forgot What He Said On A Federal Wire Tap ?

During his May 29, 2020 press conference, the Governor said, twice, that the President is a racist. Perhaps he just forgot what he said on a Federal tape recording while talking to Former Gov and now Felon Blagojevich.

Pritzker apologizes for comments on race


• Feb 6, 2018

CHICAGO — Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker is apologizing for racially insensitive comments captured on a FBI wiretap between him and then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, including saying a popular lawmaker was the “least offensive” African American to appoint to a Senate seat.

The Chicago Tribune late Monday published the previously unreleased recording from a decade-old investigation of Blagojevich, a Democrat now imprisoned for convictions that included trying to trade an appointment to Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash.

Pritzker, a billionaire businessman who’s considered the front runner in the March 20 primary, apologized on Tuesday during a news conference at a southern-style cafeteria on Chicago’s West Side where he was joined by African-American supporters.

“I regret the conversations in many ways, the words that I used, and the things that I didn’t say on that call that I would have preferred to have said… I can do better and I have,” Pritzker said. “I clearly made a mistake that day and I clearly wasn’t my best self.”

On the recording, Pritzker suggests Blagojevich appoint Secretary of State Jesse White rather than other African- Americans, including Jesse Jackson Jr. or Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. He says doing so “covers you on the African-American thing.”

“Of all the African-Americans that I can think that are sort of like qualified … and people will say ‘Oh – that’s, you know that’s, that’s a pretty good pick,’ the one that’s least offensive and maybe gets you the most because it gets you that secretary of state appointment is Jesse White.”

Pritzker also says the secretary of state position is “the key spot … that controls jobs, etc.” and that by appointing White to the Senate, Blagojevich wouldn’t have to name an African-American to the state post.

Later in the call, Pritzker is heard laughing as Blagojevich jokes about appointing Obama’s former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose comments dogged Obama’s 2008 campaign. Among other things, Wright said the U.S. brought on the Sept. 11 attacks by committing terrorism against others and that people should sing “God Damn America” rather than “God Bless America.”

On the call, Blagojevich mimics Wright, imagining him saying “God Damn America” on the floor of the Senate.

“That’s funny,” Pritzker says.

Pritzker just called Trump a racist on Fox news today. He said he doesn’t know how much more “blunt” he can be about that. Lori Lightfoot just told Trump “F U” . These are your leaders in Illinois folks. I don’t care if you do or do not like someone. No human being should ever tell someone to “F U” especially on public television. And no one should ever call anyone a racist without any proof, and I can assure you he has no proof. And btw since they are doing name calling, let’s make it a fair fight. Let me be “blunt” if I will. Pritzker you are a crook! Pritzker you are a fraud! Pritzker you are Tyrant! To be more blunt, Pritzker you are an idiot! The obvious disdain for our president shows through with these idiots in office. No wonder no one believes them when they give us their “COVID” statistics.

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Are We Seeing the Results of the Left Inviting Antifa to Illinois With Their Philosophy to Stop Funding Police Departments and the US Military and Ignore the Rule of Law ?

The left and the media, which are pretty much one group, are working to undermine the American system because they believe in elections only when their candidate wins and because they believe that the elites have not only the right, but the moral obligation to rule over the rest of us.


There  is a real threat to our freedom, that  real threat is the Left in America, which has embraced fascism. We are now seeing this played out across the country.

Most of the left either overtly or tacitly approves of the use of violence by Antifa to silence voices it doesn’t like.  Has the conduct of our currently elected officials invited in Antifa and the subsequent terrorist and criminal conduct by the participants.

The Left is constantly demanding that instead of revising laws they don’t like through the democratic process, those laws should just be ignored.

An electorate in darkness can’t vote intelligently.  Hence, if Americans don’t know the truth, they are at risk of voting against what’s best for them.  Antifa undermines our system by denying people the truth.

Rejecting the constitutional process for creating laws is a rejection of democracy, and it serves to undermine the power of voters.

Other groups are working hard to destroy democracy in America.  They too aren’t insidious foreign powers, but rather Americans who embrace fascism and totalitarianism.

The left and the media, which are pretty much one group, are working to undermine the American system because they believe in elections only when their candidate wins and because they believe that the elites have not only the right, but the moral obligation to rule over the rest of us.

Tell your friends there is a real threat to our freedom, but it’s not from Russia.  Rather, the real threat is the left in America, which has embraced fascism.

A prime goal of far-left Antifa is to rid America of “whiteness” as a race, according to a handbook written by a historian who helped organize the anarchist “Occupy Wall Street” movement in 2011.

Anti-capitalist author Mark Bray rejects “exterminating” whites. Instead, he proposes to remove it as a race and thus terminate its high standing while creating a “classless society” that would naturally do away with crime.

“This does not mean exterminating people who are currently categorized as white, but abolishing the classificatory scheme that renders them so,” he writes in the 2017 “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.”

Mr. Bray has an extensive list of targets to abolish that include “ableism, heteronormativity, patriarchy, nationalism, transphobia, class rule….”

Attorney General William Barr on Saturday identified Antifa street warriors as the main culprits in promoting the nationwide burning, looting and general destruction of American cities. President Trump says he plans to designated Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization, opening them up to immediate arrest on terrorism charges.

After Mr. Trump labeled Antifa a terror group, the Washington Post gave Mr. Bray op-ed space to defend the violent group.

Antifa has a broad definition of “fascists,” giving the title to prominent conservative voices such as Anne Coulter, who it has a right, it says, to shut down. Ms. Coulter canceled a speaking engagement at Berkeley in 2017 after receiving death threats.

Antifa has become notorious in this country for its hooded and masked street bullies shouting down conservative speakers. They have also been filmed as mobs physically attacking conservative activists and destroying personal property.

In 2018, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison posted a photo of himself online holding and endorsing the “Anti-Fascist Handbook.” His son said he is a proud Antifa backer.

A Los Angeles Times story later said, “Violence over this weekend by left-wing ‘antifa’ activists in Berkeley has opened another chapter in the debate at the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement over UC Berkeley’s plan to host several conservative firebrands next month.”

The heart of Antifa’s battle is to rid America of “whiteness.”

Mr. Bray quotes a like-minded author as saying, “The preeminent position of whiteness atop the racial hierarchy that birthed it makes it an identity of a very different sort from blackness, for example, which was the direct result of the destruction of the identities of kidnapped Africans who were placed on the bottom of the hierarchy.”

Mr. Bray’s anti-white strategy: “My Jewish and Irish ancestors were not considered ‘white’ when they first arrived in this country in the early twentieth century, but over time they were gradually welcomed into what Joel Olson terms ‘white democracy.’ The meaning and boundaries of such social constructs shift over time, but we have the power to strike back at the racial hierarchy that underpins the very essence of whiteness. This does not mean adopting a conservative ‘color-blind’ outlook, but rather targeting sources of white privilege and struggling in solidarity with the disinherited of the world.”

The book adds: “The only long-term solution to the fascist menace is to undermine its pillars of strength in society grounded not only in white supremacy but also in ableism, heteronormativity, patriarchy, nationalism, transphobia, class rule, and many others. This long-term goal points to the tensions that exist in defining anti-fascism, because at a certain point destroying fascism is really about promoting a revolutionary socialist alternative….”

Mr. Bray says Antifa also wants America to stop funding police departments,  ICE,  and the US Military.

“By not devoting resources to prisons, police, and the military, such a post-capitalist society would be able to put far more into supporting education, the arts, and collective expression and inquiry,” he writes. “While the creation of a classless society would eliminate the majority of crime stemming from capitalist antagonisms, Antifa argue that methods of restorative justice should replace police and prisons in addressing conflicts that persist.”

On free speech, he quotes an Antifa loyalist:

“As Joe from the Raleigh-Durham [General Defense Committee] argued, ‘the idea that freedom of speech is the most important thing that we can protect can only be held by someone who thinks that life is analogous to a debate hall. In my opinion ‘no platforming’ fascists often infringes upon their speech, but this infringement is justified for its role in the political struggle against fascism.”

Antifa is one of many discrete organizations whose sole purpose is to apply Alinsky model terrorist tactics to facilitate the collapse of the systems and Constitutional government of the United State, and has developed unhealthy and undue influence over the entire Democrat Party and a large portion of the US Federal government.

We are seeing in Illinois, the outcomes of politicians such as Mayor Lightfoot and Governor Priztker subscribing to such principals, using these relationships to the political model architects to rise to power.    The Illinois voters need to recognize this denigration of our political process and remove these players from power in subsequent elections.

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All Chicago CTA Service Being Suspended on Sunday at 6:30 pm

The CTA announced it would be suspending all buses and trains Sunday evening in the wake of widespread protests that turned violent Saturday.

All CTA service will be suspended at 6:30 p.m. Sunday “at the request of public safety officials,” the transit agency said. They expect service to resume Monday morning but did not offer an exact time.

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Mayor Lightfoot’s Misplaced Priorities

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has 400 Chicago Police Officers & 350 traffic aides guarding the lakefront & beaches from healthy joggers, bikers, boaters, & dog walkers while riots & looting is taking place on Michigan Avenue

You can be arrested for jogging here but not for breaking a window of Macy’s & setting it in fire.

Her priorities & allocation of resources is completely wrong. In addition she has spend millions on signs, snow fence, towing cars near churches, photo opts, etc while ignoring protecting residents & businesses. She needs to focus on reopening safely to get the city up and running rather then having press conferences, doing stunts & playing games.

Mayor Lightfoot lit the wick for the rioters with these type of statements.

“I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It’s two words: It begins with ‘F’ and it ends with ‘U,’ ” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot on the president’s response to protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd.

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Pritzker lifts all restrictions on Illinois churches after US Supreme Court challenge; US Supreme Court To Take Up The Re-Opening of Churches.

Gov. JB Pritzker has lifted all restrictions on churches in Illinois after a challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court, and has issued a set of guidelines instead.

SUPREME COURT UPDATE: Justice Kavanaugh has entered an order, requiring Governor Pritzker to respond to churchs’ emergency injunction application BY THURSDAY (tonight)at 8 pm.

At the same time, in another emergency petition arising out of the Ninth Circuit, handled by my good friend Paul M. Jonna and his colleagues, Justice Kagan has ordered Governor Newsom of California to respond, also by 8 pm on Thursday night.

This is a GREAT sign. And lightning fast. Most of these early-stage injunction petitions die without any response/action. This move by Kavanaugh and Kagan indicate strong interest by the Court to at least LOOK at this issue of reopening Churches BEFORE another Sunday passes.

Former Chicago mayoral candidate, community activist and businessman Dr. Willie Wilson sent a letter to Washington, D.C. to enlist the support of President Trump and Attorney General William Barr in the dispute regarding houses of worship.

In the letter, Wilson complained about Mayor Lightfoot and the citations the city issued and disorderly conduct charges filed against the churches.

Wilson said that if places that sell alcohol are allowed to be considered essential services, so should churches.

“The problem with the mayor and also the governor is that they put themselves above the law,” said Wilson. “And I understand this Sunday, they were supposed to give a ticket to the people who come to service. This is not China or the Soviet Union. This is America where we have rights.”

Wilson has offered to pay those fines.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh ordered Pritzker to respond to the churches by 8 p.m. Thursday.

Just hours before, the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a set of guidelines for churches, none of which are mandatory.

The guidelines encourage churches to avoid in-person activity and continue to hold remote services, or allow congregants to meet outdoors.

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Governor Pritzker’s Toilet Scam Contractor Got a $9 Million Coronavirus Contract to Remodel Westlake Hospital That Never Re-Opened; And Now Is Working On the Governor’s Wisconsin Home

I’m sure it will be a surprise to JB but by pure coincidence, the government spent $ 9 million dollars to work on facilities that never opened. I paraphrase our last (of several) federally convicted felon Illinois Governor, “This is fucking golden.” I hope they have a cell big enough.

Illinois politicians have no shame. Long known that there is little difference between Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature. Still known as “the combine”. Just a big pile of corrupt shit. Many hope JB ends up as our third of last four governors in the federal pen.

Is it just a coincidence the contractor involved in Pritzker’s private construction projects got coronavirus contracts?

A detail tucked in a Fox 32 investigative report about Illinois contractors trekking across the border to build a new mansion at Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Wisconsin horse farm raised the eyebrow of somebody who knows how deals get done in America’s most corrupt state.

The “dwelling contractor” listed on Wisconsin building permits, Bulley & Andrews, is the same company caught up in the alleged “scheme to defraud” Cook County taxpayers by removing toilets from one of Pritzker’s Gold Coast mansions. The toilet scheme is still being investigated by the feds.

In April, Bulley & Andrews scored a taxpayer funded firm-fixed-price contract worth nearly $9 million to convert the former WestLake Hospital in Melrose Park into a COVID-19 acute-care site. The contractor also worked as a subcontractor doing similar work at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Both jobs got done, but neither site opened

The contracts were issued as part of a $1.7 billion effort spearheaded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which Bulley & Andrews hadn’t worked with since 1944. A Courthouse News investigation raised concerns that much of the work had been “awarded to contractors without transparency.”

Pritzker’s administration didn’t respond to a request for an interview about the state’s role coordinating the work on the alternate COVID-19 treatment sites with the federal government.

So, I didn’t get the chance to ask: Is it just a coincidence the contractor involved in construction projects (and toilet removals) at Pritzker’s mansions scored the lucrative work tied to the governor’s coronavirus response?

Sure, I could have snuck a question in at Pritzker’s daily televised pandemic updates, filed a series of Freedom of Information requests, appealed the administration’s almost certain denial and tried to convince the boss to pony up for an expensive legal fight in the name of “gotcha” journalism.

But really, that’s a waste of time. During the pandemic, I’ve learned from experience that the Pritzker administration dodges questions, ignores interview requests and blocks access to public information with vigor. The rest is details.

That’s why I wasn’t shocked over the holiday weekend when Pritzker put out a public statement disavowing a provision tucked in “Restore Illinois” legislation that would have limited access to public information. 

Simple acts of reporting made it clear to me that the governor’s administration doesn’t need any help or extra time keeping secrets from the public. 

Around the time we first learned African-Americans were the hardest hit by the pandemic, the state didn’t just deny my request for coronavirus death demographics. 

An Illinois Department of Public Health department lawyer called to warn me that possession of data from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Officer (which I attached to my request as an example of the demographic information I was seeking) violated federal laws.

“You better call a lawyer,” the state lawyer yelled. 

In April, my FOIA request for personal protective equipment invoices and an accounting of the state’s pre-pandemic PPE stockpile (and before Pritzker started blaming President Trump for a shortage) got denied like I was asking for wartime secrets. I asked for the documents because a public health department insider told me the state hadn’t replenished stockpiles in 2019. 

The public health department’s denial cited provisions in state law prohibiting the release of “vulnerability assessments, security measures, and response policies or plans that are designed to identify, prevent, or respond to potential attacks upon a community’s population or systems, facilities, or installations, the destruction or contamination of which would constitute a clear and present danger to the health or safety of the community,” and a bunch of other things that I did not ask for. 

All I wanted to know was what the state’s stockpile looked like before the governor put taxpayers on the hook for those secretly chartered flights to an overpriced PPE shopping trip in China while nurses shared masks as they treated early COVID-19 patients. 

The administration could easily have answered those straight forward questions over the phone.

But the coronavirus crisis has taught us that upfront honesty isn’t how Pritzker governs.

It’s not the way big money deals always get done in Illinois, either.

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Chicago sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend in years: 10 fatally shot, 38 wounded

Hey Lori!
Stop worrying about churches being open, guarding the lake front from joggers, looking for family picnics and let’s not forget enforcement of wearing a masks and let the police be police and stop the crime.

Ten people are dead and 38 others are wounded so far in weekend shootings in Chicago — the deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015, when 12 people were killed.

Despite the state’s stay-at-home order, the weekend’s death toll has already surpassed last year’s holiday weekend, when seven people were killed and 34 were injured during the period from 5 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Tuesday.

In 2018, seven people died and 30 others were wounded. In 2017, six people were killed and 44 others were wounded. In 2016, six people were killed and 56 wounded.

At the beginning of Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of summer — Chicago Police Supt. David Brown announced opening a Summer Operations Center to centralize police resources in an effort to tamp down on summer gun violence.

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