Summing Up Pritzker’s Fight for Emergency Order Legitimacy

From Wirepoints:

Never mind the courts, says Pritzker. Only his views of the “science and data” matter.

By: Mark Glennon*

“The Governor of Illinois owes it to the people of Illinois to allow his state’s courts to adjudicate the question of whether Illinois law authorizes orders he issued to respond to COVID-19,” said the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois last week.

That might seem uncontroversial.

It’s the key line in the recent announcement United States Justice Department that it thinks a lawsuit against Governor JB Pritzker’s emergency order should be heard in state, not federal courts.

But when asked about the DOJ’s action on Sunday, Pritzker gave this sweeping answer, disdainful of not just the DOJ’s move but of any judicial review of his claim to permanent emergency powers that reflect his “science and data”:

The judiciary aren’t experts at public health. Taking these things to court does not resolve the public health matter.

Listing to the science and the data that’s completely different than taking your political position to a court and trying to have it resolved by somebody who has been elected as a judge.

So that’s my response.

Pritzker on Sunday: “The judiciary aren’t experts on public health.”

In other words, never mind checks and balances, the Bill of Rights, what the Illinois statute on emergency powers says or anything courts might say.

His “science and data” are what count.

And it is now mostly just his science and data.

Illinois now has the harshest emergency pandemic rules in the nation. Aren’t other states relying on science and data?

Even the exceptionally cautious Dr. Anthony Fauci agrees those other states have it right, saying last week that, “In general, I think most of the country is [opening up] in a prudent way.”  

Stay-at-home orders intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus could end up causing “irreparable damage” if imposed for too long, he added. “I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go.”

Yet Pritzker’s plan may not ever fully reopen Illinois since that would require a vaccine, highly effective or complete disappearance of the virus, which may never happen.

His right to rule on his own through vast emergency powers likewise has indefinite duration, he has told the courts.

The DOJ’s action, which Pritzker dismissed without a substantive answer, is in fact very limited.

While they did question the legality of Pritzker’s order, all they asked was to keep a pending case in state courts instead of having it removed to federal courts.

What is Pritzker thinking?

He is now out of touch — oblivious to the firestorm surrounding his order, disdainful of the rule of law and confident he can dismiss all critics as political grandstanders and much worse.

Aside from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, does he have any significant, open support?

Apparently not much even in the General Assembly though his party holds a supermajority in both houses.

Much of the legal infirmity of his order could have been fixed by the General Assembly in its recently ended session, but it provided no help, presumably fearing a backlash. [Emphasis added.]

Nor did they give him enforcement powers he asked for which he earlier asserted through rule making. “I was hopeful and expectant that they would deliver to me a bill, he said. The fact is that the legislature failed in this regard.”

The tragedy for Illinoisans, most of whom live paycheck to paycheck, deepens every day as millions may find those paychecks are gone forever.

Illinois is being destroyed.

*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.


Summing Up Pritzker’s Fight for Emergency Order Legitimacy — 24 Comments

  1. Let’s face it.

    Pritker will never be as educational as one of those Interactive Hands-On Children’s Science Fun Space’s.

  2. And Cereal Killer, No one will ever know the true results of this fake hoax and how this novel “virus” hoax killed off hundreds of millions in the world with the draconian measures they made up and fools followed. The rise in mental health problems will add to the toll of the damage wreaked on the people of the world. Anyone that dictates any of the agenda line like this fool here should be hanged for treason let alone the death and destruction they brought to the whole world over their fake emergency. These are criminals of the highest order. Genocide.

  3. I am sad to realize that that the US Supreme Court, in a 1905 ruling, Jacobson vs: US, declared the federal government CAN FORCIBLY VACCINATE citizens.

    And enforce lockdowns. Even if they are acting on mistaken data.

    When Trump’s lawyer Dershowitz claimed on tv that the government has the absolute right to “plunge a needle in your arm” I did not want to believe him, but he knows the ruling.

    What now???

    I don’t want to be forced to receive a vaccination that has no safety or efficacy record.

  4. I miss the 60’s and huddling under my grade school desk, waiting to be cooked to 3000 degrees during Cold War Missile Drills.

  5. There’s nothing to worry about.

    The coronavirus isn’t communicable from one person to another.

    Trump is racist to block flights from China.

    Go out on the town and have a good time.

    The president didn’t lockdown the country in time.

    Facemasks don’t offer any protection.

    No one should leave the house without a facemask.

    The virus can last for 72 hours on a surface.

    No, the virus doesn’t last on a surface as long as we thought.

    The virus will kill many, many more people than in states, such as New York and Illinois because
    Florida’s governor isn’t keeping the state locked down.

    And we want Putzker to sift through all these contradictions, all the false or misleading information (that goes beyond what’s listed above) and decide for individuals that they need to forfeit their livelihood, depend on the government for survival.

    The governor and the State of Illinois have no right to make these choices for everyone living in the state.

    And he’s not qualified to do so.

    He’s not bi-partisan enough to even begin to trust him doing so.

  6. Gary Christ: when the federal government starts implementing ‘forced vaccinations’ reality may set in even for the Supreme Court.

  7. Yep, knowledge is power.

    If Mr. Jacobson had the internet back then and if the judges had the current data showing the harm vaccines have done to millions… maybe they would have a different opinion.

    Read, read, read!

    I can not help on this special day that honors veterans who have passed on to use my First Amendment

    Rights to defend this Gob Blest Country from mass ignorance.

    Why was Dr. Fauci and Birks allowed to use faulty data and modeling charts to advise the President?

    Why did this ‘stable genius’ not get a second opinion?

    Isn’t getting a second opinion standard practice…is for me.

  8. In order to defend his position in court, governor would need to articulate specific science, rather than simply just keep repeating the word science.

    Contrary views would be presented, and need to be refuted by his allegedly superior scientific assertions.

    His vague and defensive tactics do seem successful with those who benefit from the upper tier of stratified economic system he perpetuates in Illinois: those who receive extraordinary defined benefit pensions and health insurance beginning a decade sooner than social security begins for the lower strata of Illinois society.

  9. I too listened to Gov. Pritzker’s Press Conference Sunday, I was a little surprised that he had one, after announcing a week prior, there would be no more week-end press conferences.

    Maybe word reached the good Governor, that we knew he was at the Mars Resort, with his family, in Wisconsin for the Memorial Day weekend?

    Of course that is near his home, in Lake Geneva.

    Yes, sunshine & boating in Wisconsin, while those in Illinois are landlocked.

    I feel badly for all those folks that are paying large fees for a slip/dock at Belmont Harbor.

  10. He will end up making license plates like the rest of our governors

  11. All you need to know:

    I am a lifelong Democrat.

    J. B. Pritzker

  12. “Trump can spend virtually an unlimited amount of his own money on this election, which makes him unlike any of the other candidates in the race. So those who oppose him will have to work very hard to make sure he doesn’t win”

    J. B. Pritzker

    Says the billionaire that spent $171 million of his own treasury to get elected.

  13. Pritzker is a Zionist. That puts one’s loyalties in a question box. Like the former Chiraq mayor.

    Pritz is also from an ultra leftist family with Addams Family type eccentricities, but these fetishes are not comedic, altho the joke is on us!

    Exceedingly rich, jewish men with enormous cultural influence are funding the transgender lobby and various transgender organizations. These include but are not limited to Jennifer Pritzker (a male who identifies as transgender); George Soros; Martine Rothblatt (a male who identifies as transgender and transhumanist); Tim Gill (a homosexual man); Drummond Pike; Warren and Peter Buffett; Jon Stryker (a homosexual man); Mark Bonham (a homosexual man); and Ric Weiland (a deceased homosexual man whose philanthropy is still LGBT-oriented). Most of these billionaires fund the transgender lobby and organizations through their own organizations, including corporations.

  14. Illinois license plates are manufactured by Macon Resources, Inc., in Decatur, a rehabilitation training facility for persons with disabilities.

    Producing plates in Illinois has saved the state millions of dollars while encouraging skills development of persons with disabilities.

    The department offers license plates renewal, and vanity and personalized license plates through the Secretary of State’s Web site at

  15. I haven’t gotten new plates in Illinois in decades. All they make now is stickers!

  16. It will be interesting to see what the courts do in the coming weeks.

    The Illinois General Assembly had an opportunity to give some legitimacy to Jumbo Boy’s executive orders, and the leadership chose not to.

    Any claims that JB makes about having emergency powers are now on very shaky ground.

  17. This guy Pritzker was favored by only 16 of 102 Counties in Illinois. 86 Counties wanted the Republican candidate, Rauner. The peoples across most of the huge areas of Illinois did not want Pritzker.

  18. Mr. Bred, the people of HELLinois didn’t really want Rauner either.

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