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Pritzker has hairline fracture

Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Sun-Times

Sneed has learned Gov. J.B. Pritzker has a hairline fracture to his left femur.

The upshot: He is under doctor’s orders to rest and recover for the next four to six weeks.

Sneed is also told the governor, who does not know how the fracture occurred, is in “good spirits” and will find it difficult to take it easy. […]

His recovery will require some bedrest, but he plans to go into his office in Chicago. He won’t be going to Springfield anytime soon. The fall veto session is not until later this fall.

I’ve been hearing that he’s complained about a sore knee. It’s one reason he decided to ride and not walk in the Du Quoin State Fair parade. But he walked the entire length of the Illinois State Fair parade and walked all over the fairgrounds and did a bunch of public appearances which required him to stand. He must’ve been miserable.

Anyway, best of luck for a quick recovery. And, dude, obey your doctors.

…Adding… From the governor’s office…

* Governor Pritzker has a hairline fracture to his left femur, so under doctors’ orders, he will be resting and recovering for the next four to six weeks. Governor Pritzker is in good spirits and will be receiving frequent daily updates from his staff and agency heads, and he will be fully engaged in conducting the business of the state.

* Governor Pritzker received this injury some time ago, but it became significantly worse in recent weeks as he attended numerous public events where he stood or walked significant distances. This includes attending and walking around both state fairs.

* This won’t require surgery.

* The Governor is not certain what caused the injury, but he has been experiencing knee pain for several weeks.

* Aside from this injury, the Governor is in good physical health.

       

27 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 1:48 pm:

    Get well governor.

    Stay off your feet, We’ll all catch up with you when you’re healthy.

    Be well.

    OW


  2. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 1:49 pm:

    Technology should enable him to still govern while staying off his feet. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


  3. - SSL - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 1:51 pm:

    At least it wasn’t his bill signing hand.

    Any truth to the rumor that the injury happened when he was doing the hokey pokey and turned himself around?


  4. - Steve - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 1:56 pm:

    - SSL

    It’s Bruce Rauner’s fault this happened.


  5. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 1:59 pm:

    ===It’s Bruce Rauner’s fault this happened.===

    Probably stepped in the hole created when Rauner blew up the state’s deficit.


  6. - SSL - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 2:04 pm:

    Before this goes south let me say I hope the Governor is not in any pain and makes a speedy recovery.


  7. - Nagidam - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 2:21 pm:

    Actually a good time for bed rest. Bills are basically vetted and signed. Legislators are going to focus on campaigns between now and veto session with petitions coming up. Good time for a little holiday.

    God speed to recovery Gov.


  8. - Big Joe - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 2:26 pm:

    Rest up Governor, and while you’re at it, figure out a way to keep Arlington Park and the Illinois horse racing industry from collapsing. That is a beautiful place to take the family for an outing.


  9. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 2:52 pm:

    Several years ago in May I was experiencing horrible foot pain and I was too busy with adjournment to go to a doctor. In June I the doctor said I had broken two bones in my foot, presumably from running around on marble floors for weeks in dress shoes. I had to spend the entire summer in a walking-boot which was miserable.

    Another reason working in politics is bad for our health.


  10. - Keith - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 3:00 pm:

    Best wishes for a swift recovery, Governor. As an aside, there are 3 of my colleagues tooling around on those 1-knee scooters in my Springfield office today. Must be that time of year…


  11. - OOO - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 3:40 pm:

    Good physical health? How can that be accurate?


  12. - yinn - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:02 pm:

    ==Good physical health? How can that be accurate?==

    Lots of us fatsos are plenty healthy. You can’t tell a person’s health status by looking at them and attempting to demean someone that way tells us something not quite nice about you.

    You rock, Governor! Get better soon.


  13. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:03 pm:

    ===How can that be accurate?===

    Many overweight people are perfectly healthy. Are you really that clueless?


  14. - Former State Worker - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:04 pm:

    Get well soon Governor.


  15. - Bogey Golfer - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:04 pm:

    Suffered a fractured tibula about 3 weeks ago. Must be the water.


  16. - Downstate - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:10 pm:

    “Aside from this injury, the Governor is in good physical health.”

    Good for him. I never would have guessed his BMI is in the “normal” range.


  17. - Alex Ander - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:11 pm:

    ==Many overweight people are perfectly healthy. Are you really that clueless?==

    We get that, but your knees still have a hard time under the extra weight. The heart has to work hard with extra weight whether it’s 300 pounds of muscle or fat. I hope for his best, fully support him, and pray for his success as governor, but the body cannot support that extra weight without issues along the way. You cannot deny that.


  18. - Downstate - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:15 pm:

    I found a site that listed Governor Pritzker’s height at 5′6″. For him to have a normal BMI, he would have to weigh 155 pounds or less.

    To be considered merely “overweight”, he would have to be between 155 and 185 pounds.

    If he’s over 185 pounds, based on the BMI calculator, he’s considered “obese”.


  19. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:16 pm:

    ===You cannot deny that.===

    His weight may affect his health down the road. Who knows? A lot of it depends on genetics. Regardless, the statement from the governor’s office spoke to his current health. The commenter was questioning the validity of that.


  20. - Downstate - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:21 pm:

    “Many overweight people are perfectly healthy”

    A physician friend, with older clientele, told me that he has no patients over the age of 90 that are overweight. I always think about that when I’m offered a second serving of anything.


  21. - Uncle Ernie - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:35 pm:

    Rest and take it easy Governor, stay off that leg like the Doc told you, and you will be back at it soon! We wish you the very best for a speedy recovery!!


  22. - Alex Ander - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:36 pm:

    It’s also possible that this fracture is weight related. At his age, which is around 55, his bodyweight becomes critical. I’m no expert but at 5′6″ he’s easily 300 if not more. I want to see him have a good, long, successful career so his weight is concerning. I’ve seldom seen anyone over 60 years old with that build not walking without a cane, a bad limp from hips or knees, or oxygen attached to his nostrils.


  23. - OOO - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 4:45 pm:

    I wish the Governor nothing but the best. I just believe that particular statement is false, given his physical stature and what is very commonly known about weight and health.

    It seems to me that the spokesperson went overboard in an attempt to provide comfort to the public. It was unnecessary really.


  24. - Shevek - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 5:05 pm:

    I’m pretty sure JB isn’t looking to Capitol Fax for health advice everyone.


  25. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 5:08 pm:

    Saw the governor quite a bit in the last week.

    I think his commitment to the People of Illinois is well demonstrated by his willingness to fulfill his duties and continue to meet with members of the public which included hours of standing around with a broken leg.


  26. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 5:43 pm:

    ===We get that, but your knees still have a hard time under the extra weight.

    It’s actually one of the frustrations of being overweight. For many of us there are a bunch of reasons we got here and the body makes it harder to get back down. I don’t mind people pointing out that weight has complications, but I am not a fan of the moral judgment that some make (not saying anyone here was doing that). It’s not necessarily sloth that got many of us here.


  27. - @misterjayem - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 7:11 pm:

    If I understand the oh-so-concerned comments, overweight people will eventually die from something.

    Same for “fit” people.

    – MrJM


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