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  • IL Lifts All Restrictions on Churches

    05/28/2020 6:06:11 PM PDT · by mountn man · 14 replies
    Liberty Counsel ^ | Liberty Counsel
    Less than four hours before the deadline for Gov. J.B. Prtizker to file his response to the U.S. Supreme Court to the emergency injunction request brought by two Romanian churches, the governor unilaterally removed all restrictions on churches and houses of worship. Within a few hours yesterday after two Romanian churches filed an emergency injunction pending appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Kavanaugh ordered Gov. Pritzker to respond by 8:00 p.m. Thursday night. Just before the deadline, Gov. Prtizker issued “guidelines” for houses of worship, none of which are mandatory. Liberty Counsel represents Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church and Logos...
  • Pritzker: All Illinois regions have met conditions to reopen

    05/28/2020 4:51:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Stl Today ^ | 5/28/20 | John O'Connor, Kathleen Foody
    CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday announced an end to his 10-week-old stay-at-home order, declaring that every region of the state has met conditions necessary to allow more social interaction amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The state will move into the third phase of the Democrat's five-stage “Restore Illinois” plan, a step that will see reopening of manufacturing and retail, outdoor dining at restaurants and small social gatherings. Restless residents have agitated for more freedom to leave their houses and resume some sense of normalcy. In loosening the restrictions, Pritzker cited more favorable conditions, including decreased hospitalizations and...
  • Gov's Toilet Scam Contractor Got $9 Million Coronavirus Contract

    05/28/2020 5:45:46 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 2 replies
    The Patch ^ | May 27,2020 | Mark Konkol
    CHICAGO — 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 contractor doing construction on J.B. Pritzker's Wisconsin horse farm won a $9 million coronavirus contract that was part of the state's pandemic response. 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...
  • Total Recall? GOP quartet seeks to oust Pritzker, insisting ‘it’s going to be difficult’ but not ‘impossible’

    05/27/2020 1:33:34 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 7 replies
    The Chicago Sun-TImes ^ | May 26, 2020 | Neal Earley
    Suburban Republican Allen Skillicorn insists he would really rather Gov. J.B. Pritzker finish out his term than be booted from office. “Frankly I just hope the governor fixes the unemployment system, so people can get their unemployment and we should move on from this,” the state representative said. “I mean, I would much prefer that.” Whether the governor is able to solve the unemployment problems that have arisen during the coronavirus crisis remains to be seen, but Skillicorn isn’t waiting to find out. The East Dundee Republican launched a recall effort to remove the Chicago Democrat from office — an...
  • Chicago’s deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015: 10 shot dead, 39 wounded

    05/26/2020 6:40:52 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 32 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 5-26-20 | Sun Times
    Ten people died and 39 others were wounded 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 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.
  • Illinois man charged for grabbing reporter on live TV, shouting ‘F her’

    05/26/2020 5:50:47 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | 25 May 2020 | Tamar Lapin
    WGN-TV reporter Gaynor Hall was giving a weather update in Shorewood on Saturday night when the brazen creep suddenly ran into the frame, grasped her shoulders and shouted the obscene phrase, footage shows. Police said Farina confessed. He was released on a $2,500 recognizance bond.
  • Chicago pastor claims the mayor sent armed police in unmarked cars to bang on the church doors Sunday: It was ‘like the Soviet-styled KGB’

    05/26/2020 12:10:05 PM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 27 replies
    the Blaze ^ | 05/26/2020 | Phil Shiver
    Chicago Pastor Courtney Lewis said he was in the middle of delivering a sermon to his congregation Sunday when he heard loud banging on the church doors. It was the police sent by the city's Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot had allegedly dispatched officers in three squad cars along with two unmarked vehicles in order to shut down the service at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Lewis claimed in a letter of grievance to U.S. Attorney John Lausch.
  • ‘Americans Don’t Get Ruled’ – Illinois Judge Unloads on Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home Order (total knockdown)

    05/26/2020 9:46:16 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 19 replies
    RedState ^ | May 26, 2020 | Susie Moore
    Lost in the shuffle of the Memorial Day holiday weekend — unusual, though it was — an Illinois judge unloaded on Governor J.B. Pritzker’s still-in-effect stay-at-home order this past Friday. I’ve written previously regarding the significant distinction between Chicago — and even Springfield — and “outstate” or “downstate” Illinois. This judge’s decision further highlights that great divide. The back story: State Rep. Darren Bailey, a Republican from the state’s 109th District, filed a lawsuit against Pritzker in April, asserting that Pritzker’s stay-at-home order unfairly affected the residents of his home county. Clay County Judge Michael McHaney issued a temporary restraining...
  • J.B. Pritzker is a Horse's... Friend

    05/26/2020 5:54:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American ^ | May 26, 2020 | Daniel John Sobieski
    A horse is a horse, of course, of course, unless that horse resides on the Pritzer horse farm in Wisconsin As he requests the power to seize private business property if owners open too early or not in concert with his wishes, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says it’s not safe yet to hold indoor church services, but it’s totally okay that construction workers travel to his Wisconsin horse farm to build his new house. Construction workers have been deemed essential, especially union construction workers who have dues taken out to fund the campaigns of politicians like Pritzker and who get...
  • GOP Lawmaker Demands Trump STOP Promoting Joe Scarborough Murder Conspiracy Theory And Warns 'It Will Destroy Us'

    05/25/2020 10:12:41 AM PDT · by blam · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5-25-2020
    A GOP Illinois Representative has demanded that Donald Trump stop pushing a conspiracy theory that MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough had something to do with the death of his intern while he was in Congress. Trump renewed theories about Morning Joe anchor Scarborough on Sunday morning by questioning how a marathon runner could fall, hit her head and die. It led to the family of Lori Klausutis revealing they are living in fear of retaliation from conspiracy theorists if they comment, but Republican Adam Kinzinger has called for the president to cease mentioning it. 'A lot of interest in this story...
  • Four Shot Dead, 11 Injured During First 36 Hours of Memorial Weekend in Chicago

    05/25/2020 6:29:35 AM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 25th, 2020 | AWR HAWKINS
    Four people were shot dead and at least 11 were injured as shootings occurred across gun-controlled Chicago during the first 36 hours of Memorial Weekend.
  • Reopening churches ‘dangerous and foolish,’ Lightfoot tells Trump

    05/24/2020 10:04:21 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 52 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 5/22/2020 | Rachel Hinton and Mitchell Armentrout
    A Sunday service showdown could be looming across the state this weekend. Mayor Lori Lightfoot slammed President Donald Trump’s calls on Friday for churches and other houses of worship to reopen, while Gov. J.B. Pritzker — who has managed to fend off a series of legal challenges against his stay-at-home order — said Illinois will “continue to operate on the basis of science and data.” Lightfoot was more pointed in her criticism of Trump, who, during a hastily arranged White House press conference, said he’d identified churches, synagogues and mosques as “essential places that provide essential services” — and that...
  • CONFIRMED: Governor Pritzker Caught Sending Illinois Construction Workers to Wisconsin to Work on His Mansion During Illinois Lockdown

    05/22/2020 7:28:25 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 23 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 22, 2020 | Jim Hoft
    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has his workers and businesses locked down for the foreseeable future. But the billionaire governor will not let the government imposed lock-down interfere with his own plans. Last week Pritzker also told CNN the citizens of Illinois may be forced to wear masks indefinitely. Earlier this week Governor Pritzker threatened business owners with a year in prison if they try to reopen. But the lock-down laws only apply to the rubes. They don’t apply to Governor Pritzker, a Democrat billionaire. In May, while he imposed lock-downs on the people of Illinois, he had his wife and...
  • Column: Is Pritzker’s coronavirus levee about to break?

    05/22/2020 2:14:42 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 21 May 2020 | John Kass
    “If you’d told me six months ago that the governor of Illinois would declare churches ‘nonessential’ and shut them down, while liquor stores are ‘essential’ and open, I’d have asked what blend of weed you were smoking,” Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society told me. The ministry serves the homeless. State and local social welfare agencies refer ex-convicts and others in dire circumstances to the ministry. The Jesus House had been offering food and clothing and church services indoors. But with coronavirus, and wanting to maintain proper social distancing, Brown took his operation to a private outdoor parking lot....
  • U.S. DOJ files Statement of Interest supporting lawsuit challenging Illinois lockdown orders

    05/22/2020 7:51:42 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 6 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 22, 2020 | William A. Jacobson
    DOJ has filed a Statement of Interest in an Illinois case challenging more general restrictions imposed by Governor J.B. Pritzker. The DOJ position is that the Governor’s last minute removal of the case from state to federal court, on the eve of a decision in state court, was improper. You can read the state court pleadings and motion papers here...DOJ’s involvement is helpful, but the more important aspect of the case is how the Governor feared a negative state court decision so he pulled the case, likely improperly, up to federal court at the last minute. An Emergency Motion to...
  • Illinois vote by mail bill passes Senate, heads to Governor JB Pritkzer for signature

    05/22/2020 7:32:18 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 26 replies
    ABC Eye Witness News ^ | 5/22/2020 | WLS Staff
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- The Illinois Senate passed a bill expanding vote by mail for the 2020 election Friday. The bill will automatically send an application for a vote-by-mail ballot to any person who has voted in the past two years, in the 2018 general election, the 2019 consolidated election or the 2020 primary election. Anyone who registered to vote after the 2020 primary will also receive an application for a vote-by-mail ballot. The bill also declares Election Day, November 3, 2020, a state holiday. House and Senate committees debated the bill Thursday, but Republicans raised concerns. "We've tripled the...
  • Vote-by-mail expansion plan heads to governor’s desk

    05/22/2020 2:57:01 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 15 replies
    WGEM ^ | 5/22/2020 | Mike Miletich
    The Illinois Senate voted 37-19 to pass a voting expansion plan for the November 3 election. The bill heading to Gov. JB Pritzker's desk for approval will greatly expand Illinois' vote-by-mail system following the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 1863 will give voters the opportunity to cast their ballots without going out in public, as there could potentially be a second round of COVID-19 spread this fall. "The right to vote is the foundational pillar of our democracy -- and, now, as our elected leaders are making some of the most consequential decisions of our lifetimes, it's more important than ever...
  • Illinois House passes vote-by-mail expansion plan

    05/21/2020 9:18:45 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 42 replies
    WGEM ^ | 5/21/2020 | Mike Miletich
    The Illinois House voted 72-43 to pass an expansion plan for voting by mail for the 2020 General Election. This vote followed a lengthy debate between Republicans and Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Evergreen Park) who sponsored the proposal in the House. Democrats discussed the possibility of implementing a vote-by-mail plan earlier this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic sped up their process. Sponsors say Senate Bill 1863 will give voters the opportunity to cast their ballots without going out in public, as there could potentially be a second round of COVID-19 spread this fall. If the bill passes out of both chambers,...
  • Chicago Police Fine Pentecostal Churches for Violating 10-Person Limit

    05/21/2020 5:57:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    CNA Staff, May 21, 2020 / 03:10 pm MT (CNA).- Three churches in Chicago have been fined after defying an order banning services of more than 10 people on Sunday, May 17. A former mayoral candidate, who attended one of the services, has said that he will pay the fines. Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church, Philadelphia Romanian Church of God and Metro Praise International Church were cited on Wednesday by the Chicago Police Department for exceeding the state of Illinois’ stay-at-home order and city social distancing policies which currently ban religious gatherings of more than 10 people. The churches were each...
  • Illinois Governor Withdraws Emergency Rule Criminalizing Business Owners

    05/21/2020 1:09:59 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 21 2020 | HANNAH BLEAU
    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) on Wednesday opted to withdraw the harsh emergency rule his administration filed last Friday, which criminalized business owners violating his stay-at-home order. The emergency rule had noncompliant businesses facing a Class A misdemeanor for reopening against the governor’s orders — an action that could have carried jail time or a fine of up to $2,500. A Pritzker spokesperson, at the time, described the rule as an “additional enforcement tool for businesses that refuse to comply with the most critical aspects of the stay-at-home order.” The governor faced a slew of backlash and, while he has...