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“That must be very peaceful”

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020

* Another effort by elements of the far right to sow doubt…


His whole point appears to be that some hospitals aren’t overwhelmed. OK, but nobody has ever once claimed otherwise. And he never did get back to me with an exact quote or a link to Pritzker’s alleged claim that hospital beds can be converted to ICUs “with a little effort.”

* From Pritzker’s press secretary Jordan Abudayyeh…

Wirepoints gets the privilege of being able to sleep at night without having to wonder if you did enough to save the people whose deaths you had to announce that day. And he gets to go to sleep without worrying what tomorrow’s body count will be and if in few weeks we will have enough space to treat everyone who depends on us. That must be very peaceful.

* Meanwhile


Clearly I struck a nerve today with our thin-skinned Governor. He singled me out in one of his low information pressers today for writing an article that demanded some measures of accountability.

How dare his subjects question anything.

This is what is so dangerous with these people. If you dare to question them, they will misrepresent you and accuse you of promoting policies that will “let people die.”

What a bunch of sick, dishonest and unaccountable group of people.

Posted by State Representative Blaine Wilhour - District 107 on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

He didn’t single anyone out. He answered a reporter’s question that was specifically about Wilhour and didn’t so much as mention Wilhour’s name in response

Reporter: How do you respond to Rep. Blaine Wilhour’s suggestion that the longer we’re quarantine that the more we delay herd immunity, which could ultimately lead to more people getting the virus?

Pritzker: Okay folks, let me just point out that Great Britain went by this theory that perhaps if we just let everybody get it then everybody will get hurt, we’ll have herd immunity faster, and everybody will be okay. Well guess what, if you let everybody have it all at once, which is what happens when you just let it go, you overwhelm your healthcare system and more people die. A lot of people can die. And so the suggestion that we should just let it happen so that the herd immunity occurs faster is an invitation for us to just let people die. And I won’t do that. I will not do that.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

84 Comments
  1. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:16 am:

    It amazes me how little effort it takes for Mr. Glennon to make himself look daft.

    As for Mr. Wilhour, words fail me. It scares me that people vote for people like him when he clearly should have absolutely nothing to do with making public policy.

    Both of these guys need to go away. Far, far, away.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:20 am:

    Mr. Wilhour is a buffoon who still can’t grasp that his ridiculousness is being mocked and the Governor is in no way being “held accountable” by someone so willing to think herd immunity is even in the neighborhood of the past king lot of the ball park to saving lives.

    Mr. Wilhour is willing to trade lives for money. Make NO mistake to his sad, sad spin, or his back peddling to.. “well, read the… “

    No. Stop. No.

    Here’ is exactly what Mr. Wilhour disagrees with;

    === And so the suggestion that we should just let it happen so that the herd immunity occurs faster is an invitation for us to just let people die. And I won’t do that. I will not do that.===

    The rest is Mr. Wilhour trying to deny that thought.


  3. - efudd - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:22 am:

    So, after being pressed to cite a source, Glennon declined?

    How very Republican/Conservative of him.

    Guess I know what IRN’s afternoon “update” will be about.


  4. - Perrid - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:23 am:

    I’m fine with the Guv releasing more data if he has it, but Wirepoints and Glennon are both making huge assumptions about why he isn’t. And I’m not sure the general bed count per region would be a gamechanger, even if converting them took “little effort”.


  5. - efudd - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:23 am:

    I remember guys like Wilhour in school.

    Generally, they were always the class snitch.


  6. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:24 am:

    Mark, the Eastern Bloc and their ilk are impervious to facts. They see bizarre conspiracies under every rock. Every Democrat is just conspiring to do evil. Give it a rest, people.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:25 am:

    Oh… Mr. Glennon… hi.

    ===That’s the problem. He released it selectively. He has the regionalized data but won’t post it. There are some hospitals, I am told, that are 90% empty.===

    That’s a @Wirepoints tweet. It was tweeted at 3:30 pm, 4/7/2020

    Can he cite that 90% hospital number?


  8. - njt - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:26 am:

    ===The rest is Mr. Wilhour trying to deny that thought.===

    I did just read his op-ed and oh my, what a horrendously incoherent diatribe against Big Government. The point of self-isolation is to allow herd immunity to develop at a manageable pace. The fact is that until testing is widely available functions of society will be started and paused continuously.


  9. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:28 am:

    First tip of taking medical advice: ignore the guy wearing a polo shirt with his own name on it


  10. - City Zen - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:28 am:

    Jordan has the privilege of being able to sleep at night collecting two paychecks for one job in a time when many lost their only paycheck. That too must be very peaceful.


  11. - lakeside - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:32 am:

    I cannot imagine how utterly exhausted JB and his team, IDPH, IDES and all their staff must be. They have been at this a billion hours a day - literally just trying their best to anticipate what’s going to happen next and the best way to save the most lives with unpredictable resources.

    The fact that they have to *also* spend time responding to cranks is maddening.

    Responding to weirdos and gadflies comes with the territory, but, man, I want to shut these guys’ internet off for a day or two right now.


  12. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:33 am:

    Leave it to City Zen …. the inane comment king


  13. - Moe Berg - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:34 am:

    Crain’s gives Glennon a platform to regularly spout his nonsense. Once a month, going back to May 2017.

    I believe in free speech, of course. I don’t believe that publications have any obligation to give regular space to known purveyors of rot, who gain undeserved legitimacy from such arrangements.

    As Rich proves regularly, one can offer opinion pieces that are firmly grounded in facts.


  14. - Nick Name - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:38 am:

    If Rep. Wilhour believes what he says about herd immunity, he should volunteer to be infected with the coronavirus himself.


  15. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:38 am:

    ==I believe in free speech==

    You are only protected from the government. Non-government entities can do whatever they want, including, as you say, not providing a place for someone to write their nonsense.


  16. - Anyone Remember - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:38 am:

    Oswego Willy -

    == Mr. Wilhour is willing to trade lives for money. ==

    That has been the strategy of the National GOP at least since Gingrich’s 1995 Contract on America proposal to fund a tax cut by massive cuts to Medicare, if not since Reagan’s 1981 proposal (via David Stockman) for massive cuts to Social Security. That was when the Illinois GOP was led by the likes of James R. Thompson and Jim Edgar. Mr. Wilhour demonstates large parts of the Illinois GOP have sunk to the levels of Newt Gingrich.


  17. - T.J. Brown - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:39 am:

    It’s quite juvenile to make the remark Jordan Abudayyeh made. Citizens should be able to question the governor without getting a non-sequitur remark from the governor’s office suggesting that the questioners don’t care nor appreciate the responsibility the governor has. That’s besides the point. Wilson, FDR, LBJ, GHWB, GWB, Lincoln all had deaths of soldiers on their consciences. Should they have been immune from criticism or questions before, during, and after the war?

    The push to release as accurate and informative data and information as possible is critical to the success in mitigating and extinguishing this outbreak.

    I know Mark Glennon. Mark Glennon cares deeply about this state, returned to it after his professional life took him elsewhere, contributed greatly to the entrepreneurial community, mourns the condition of the South Suburbs where he was raised, and wants the state to once again become an economic powerhouse. He’s not particularly optimistic right now, but the attacks lobbed at him portraying him as someone who doesn’t care or who roots for the state to continue its descent into insolvency is slanderous, simplistic garbage.

    But sure, dismiss him as “far right” and “trying to sow the seeds of doubt.”

    Why should I have any confidence in the city of Chicago or the State of Illinois to get anything right?

    Finally, you want links about the difficulty of converting regular beds to negative pressure icu rooms? Here are two.

    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/us-army-corps-of-engineers-plans-to-turn-mccormick-place-into-a-3000-bed-hospital/2246392/
    Converting hotel rooms into negative pressure rooms “pretty easy”

    https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/03/19/illinois-eyeing-sites-for-potential-patient-overflow-at-hospitals-for-coronavirus/
    Hospital rooms can be converted to negative pressure rooms “in two hours”


  18. - NIU Grad - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:41 am:

    Rep. Wilhour found his ticket for name recognition…I hadn’t even heard his name until yesterday.

    Enjoy it while it lasts, man.


  19. - efudd - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:43 am:

    Lester Holt’s Mustache-

    I doff my cap, sir/madame.


  20. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:44 am:

    == If Rep. Wilhour believes what he says about herd immunity, he should volunteer to be infected with the coronavirus himself.==

    You say that in jest, but I’m not so sure he wouldn’t jump at the chance to do just that. Did you watch that video? He definitely seems like the type of guy that would host an infection party for family and friends


  21. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:45 am:

    ===Hospital rooms can be converted to negative pressure rooms “in two hours” ===

    Yes, I am aware, but you need lots of equipment in those makeshift ICUs and that’s not abundant these days.

    Stop it with the stupid red herrings already.


  22. - Jibba - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:45 am:

    And thee ever predictable News Gazette comes jumping on the Eastern Bloc bandwagon with a nonsense editorial about the cure being worse than the disease. They don’t even have the courage to stay the course, though, because they go on to say that the pandemic must be cured but there has to be a better balance, but present no alternatives. Talk about lack of ideas and purpose. They’ve gotta say something, but have nothing to talk about.


  23. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:46 am:

    - Anyone Remember -

    Yeah, you’re on it.

    What’s “good” is the party is severely fractured because of this and not “all in”, with case in point the “Hateful Eight” abd the regional “Eastern Bloc” as true minority thoughts of only in Illinois.

    Had the party embraced Mr. Wilhour as a leader, I’d be far more worried, but his foolishness seems isolated.

    Well said, good points.


  24. - Diver Down - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:47 am:

    First tip of taking medical advice: ignore the guy wearing a polo shirt with his own name on it
    ===================================
    Post of the year so far.


  25. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:51 am:

    To the herd immunity people we can say, you first. But that would hurt so many other people.

    It must be right wing dorm room thinking (h/t Wordslinger) to want people to benefit by way of millions getting sick and dying, crashing our healthcare system and causing untold tragedy.


  26. - Annon3 - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:52 am:

    How about Rep. Wilhour take a cue from Rep Demmer in Dixon and the really informative science based videos he is participating in and leave the rest to the grown ups? Forever back bench v leadership material.


  27. - Mark Glennon - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:52 am:

    Our views appear comprehensively on our site, Wirepoints.org, not here where they are selectively edited. Nor is there any point in answering comments here because comments are dishonestly screened, allowing only occasional dissent for the purpose of creating the illusion of not being rigged.


  28. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:53 am:

    ===… and wants the state to once again become an economic powerhouse. He’s not particularly optimistic right now, but the attacks lobbed at him portraying him as someone who doesn’t care or who roots for the state to continue its descent into insolvency is slanderous, simplistic garbage.===

    Often his “suggestions” are ignorant to the political realities, the honesty to the suggested path, and baiting for the simple idea to stoke anger because he knows his own suggestion is an impossibility.

    If I need that, I can call my “in law uncle” married to my favorite aunt and ask a question about living in Illinois and let him rant for 45 minutes.

    Ask your friend where that hospital with 90% vacancy is at, if you could.


  29. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:54 am:

    == Why should I have any confidence in the city of Chicago or the State of Illinois to get anything right?==

    OK, so turn that around for us then - why should we all have any confidence in some internet journalist and some state representative who don’t have any medical training to get anything right? We’re going to need a little more to go on than some random commenter who says he vouches for their character.


  30. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:56 am:

    ==I know Mark Glennon==

    Good for you.

    ==Why should I have any confidence in the city of Chicago or the State of Illinois to get anything right?==

    Then leave


  31. - cowboy astronaut millionaire - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:58 am:

    Who is Blaine Wilhour?


  32. - Perrid - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 10:59 am:

    TJ Brown, the governor released a lot of data. It’s not clear what the data being asked for would prove, and there is a clear implication from Wirepoints and Glennon that this emergency is as bad as it seems, which is a dangerous idea to entertain when literally all the data we have shows that hospitals can be and are being overwhelmed.


  33. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:00 am:

    One other thing. I spoke with a Dr. friend last night and he was sharing with me how certain hospitals in the City are at or near capacity while others have plenty. So seriously, my right wing friends, stop theorizing about things about which you actually know nothing.


  34. - Jocko - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:01 am:

    As others have stated, Does Dr. Wilhour want to host a ‘measles party’ with Covid-19 just to make a point?

    Someone needs to tell Wilhour (and the GOP) that a pandemic is no different than a blizzard or national disaster. There’s no upside (financial or moral) to under-responding to this.


  35. - City Zen - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:06 am:

    ==I don’t believe that publications have any obligation to give regular space to known purveyors of rot==

    You’ve just eliminated my local paper’s entire opinion section.


  36. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:11 am:

    Blain wears that shirt so that when he wanders away people can return him back home. He’s got a matching “Blain Wihour” hat.


  37. - Hot Taeks - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:11 am:

    This is all a game to the far-right. They think it’s a hoax designed to bring down Trump. Exponential Growth, Logisitc Curves, Statistical Modeling, and Calculus are now partisan baloney that’s weaponized by Democrats.


  38. - Merica - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:12 am:

    No one even knows if “herd immunity” works with this virus. A substantial number of people is S. Korea have tested
    positive weeks after being rehabilitated, and some
    have worse symptoms the second time around.

    If you believed in herd immunity, why not voluntarily infect yourself? how could you not? The media needs to step up and ask that question or ignore those jokers.


  39. - JIbba - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:12 am:

    ===Our views appear comprehensively on our site, Wirepoints.org===

    Actually, Mark, I just went your site and found nothing about this. Maybe you buried the lede under all those outdated articles and messy and voluminous front page (this is intended to be constructive criticism). Why not have the strength of your convictions and say what you want to happen in Illinois if JB is not doing it? BTW, Rich edits me all the time, usually when I’m being ignorant or obtuse, or don’t make my point well. Maybe there’s a lesson there, too.


  40. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:17 am:

    ==Nor is there any point in answering comments here because comments are dishonestly screened, allowing only occasional dissent for the purpose of creating the illusion of not being rigged.==

    So now you’re playing the victim? You going to offer proof of your claims? Or are you just going to argue like a child?


  41. - SaulGoodman - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:20 am:

    Man… if you want to understand why Wilhour believes he can do this, check out the comments on this video on his facebook page. His people LOVE it.

    Sigh…


  42. - Dotnonymous - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:25 am:

    I wonder if Boris Johnson is still in favor of “herd immunity”…now that he is one of the herd.


  43. - Majority of Me - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:37 am:

    “Focus, Amanda, focus.” I’m glad that phrase is still happening in Rich’s tweet.


  44. - Captain Obvious - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:44 am:

    Hey Jordan, both you and Jay Bob took your jobs voluntarily. If the responsibility is proving too much for y’all, perhaps another line of work would suit you better.


  45. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:52 am:

    “His people LOVE it.“

    His people may love it, but ILGOP leadership can’t, looking at the 2018 election and polling data.

    Please continue, Eastern Bloc. Those GA supermajorities and US House look real good.


  46. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:55 am:

    ===If the responsibility is proving too much for y’all===

    How you typed all that without hyperventilating is a miracle.

    If anything, the Governor and his Crew have done yeomen’s work while “Wirepoints” drips tweets about “90% empty hospitals” as … welp… thoughts.

    If Mr. Glennon can cite that, I’d appreciate it.


  47. - slow down - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 11:59 am:

    Just want to reiterate what I’ve said a few times on here over the last year or two. When you have no actual legislative power of any kind, you’re not the “Eastern Bloc”, you’re a social club.


  48. - Morty - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 12:01 pm:

    I know Mark Glennon

    I’m sorry

    If you have been to the Wirepoint site you know it’s only rival for hatred and spite is IPI’s Facebook page.

    Yesterday the theme was if people of color were not so fat, they would not be suffering from higher mortality rates.

    Others talked about Darwinism.

    Another fella lamented the fact that it was going to cost him an arm and a leg to take care of his elderly relatives.

    Tell us again how much Mark cares.


  49. - Captain Obvious - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 12:25 pm:

    Oh and Willy, the equation isn’t lives for money. It’s lives for lives. You have the few thousands of lives saved balanced against the millions of lives ruined by the actions taken to save them. Not as cut and dried as you see it. Try to see the bigger picture.


  50. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 12:31 pm:

    ===You have the few thousands of lives saved balanced against the millions of lives ruined===

    It’s hundreds of thousands or even a million lives saved vs. some folks who are wiped out. Most people will eventually recover from financial losses. You cannot recover from death, fool.


  51. - Jocko - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 12:31 pm:

    ==balanced against the millions of lives ruined by the actions taken to save them==

    Imagine if FDR used that same calculus when debating getting involved in WW2.


  52. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 12:32 pm:

    ===lives for money===

    It is. You may not like that, but the herd immunity thought is infecting, see what happens, but keep the economy rolling.
    Otherwise, why have that herd immunity?

    === You have the few thousands of lives saved balanced against the millions of lives ruined…===

    You wanna choose these lives?

    You going to volunteer yourself or a family member for the millions?

    Whew.


  53. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 12:37 pm:

    Captain Obvious:

    You just said it isn’t lives for money and then proceeded to make a lives for money argument.

    Perhaps you should change your name to Captain Oblivious


  54. - Jimbo2 - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 12:50 pm:

    I think the answer to Mr. Brown, Mr. Wilhour and Mr. Glennon is at the ballot box & checkbook. Vote for and support the opponents of them and their candidates. If the defeats are big enough then maybe their financial backers will find another use for their money.


  55. - {Sigh} - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 1:08 pm:

    {Sigh} I could only watch a few seconds of Wilhour‘a video. If he and Ives want to blame the democrats, then I have to ask what response would the republicans like to unveil? How many of these republicans have medical degrees? The constituents in the Eastern Bloc and southern Illinois deserve much better.


  56. - Blue Dog Dem - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 1:14 pm:

    Rich. It’s going to be bunches more than some folks.


  57. - Rutro - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 1:23 pm:

    Jordan’s was not good, a little too colonel jessup
    Blaine- You’re pro life & pro death?
    Wirepoints-Me thinks thou protests too much.


  58. - Excitable Boy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 1:33 pm:

    How many Blue? Put a number to it.

    Is it more than the number that could have died? Would those folks trade financial stability for life?

    By the way, when is Trump’s wonder drug going to save everyone? Your prognostication on that really panned out the last couple weeks.


  59. - lakeside - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 2:02 pm:

    Would love one of these keyboard jockeys to handle Jordan’s phone for an hour. The calls, texts and emails. Get all the answer for everyone.

    Just one hour - see how you do.


  60. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 2:05 pm:

    ===The calls, texts and emails===

    lol

    Yeah. I texted her a question at 7:15 this morning.


  61. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 2:28 pm:

    “I am told, that…” I’ve said it before, I’ll said it again. If your information starts with “I heard that…” it has no useful content.


  62. - Rutro - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 2:35 pm:

    Jordan is busy, the quote was bad, no idea if wire points has a family member in the hospital or that the governors office is the only one with a lot on their plate. Also, no problem on that Pepsi challenge (there’s a lot of that going around)


  63. - Rich Hill - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 3:24 pm:

    The only comments I have for these…people fall under the “uncivil” category prohibited by Rich.


  64. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 3:35 pm:

    === ===That’s the problem. He released it selectively. He has the regionalized data but won’t post it. There are some hospitals, I am told, that are 90% empty.===

    That’s a @Wirepoints tweet. It was tweeted at 3:30 pm, 4/7/2020===

    Where are these multiple 90% empty hospitals, Mr. Glennon?

    - T.J. Brown -

    Ask your friend where they are. I’m curious.


  65. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 4:03 pm:

    It’s good old fashioned trolling.

    It is not the government’s job to disprove your crazy hypothesis.

    if you want to believe that aliens visited Tinley Park in 2004, go right ahead. There are websites for that:

    https://youtu.be/96KIbpizkDE

    If you want to believe that the coronavirus pandemic is a global socialist media conspiracy led by the triumvurate of President Xi Jinping of China, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom and George Soros, we have plenty of websites for that too.

    Italy tried a regional approach. They now have 140,000 infected 17,000 dead to show for it, the highest number of casualties in the world for now.

    A county-by-county approach will not work. Viruses cannot read road signs.


  66. - Blue Dog Dem - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 4:05 pm:

    Excitable. I happen to know that a couple drugs are performing quite well in trials. You sound as if you aren’t hoping for a treatment. Why not. Hatred of Trump?


  67. - Excitable Boy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 4:09 pm:

    Why don’t you answer my first question Blue? You argue like my 9 year old nephew.


  68. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 4:14 pm:

    ==Hatred of Trump?==

    Oh man. Don’t become one of those people. I thought you were better than that.


  69. - Blue Dog Dem - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 4:16 pm:

    The National Tavern Association projects 110,000 bars and restraunts will be shuttering their doors. Happen to know a coffee shop locally that threw in the towel. Are you thinking retail malls are coming out swinging? I may be arguing like a child, but I know not everyone is a sheltered by a guaranteed govt paycheck.


  70. - Flapdoodle - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 4:21 pm:

    Isn’t it fascinating how a crisis drags out of us what we’re really made of and really value? How some people react constructively, compassionately, humanely, while others can only carp at being inconvenienced and worry more about a dollar lost than a life spared? How some people can cope with uncertainty and ambiguity, while others fall back on hearsay, rumor, and anecdote? The small minds and spirits — you know the crowd: “a few thousand lives saved vs. millions ruined,” “I happen to know,” “why don’t they tell us,” “90 percent empty.” You know them. Empty shirts you wouldn’t want standing beside you when the crunch comes. Sort of like now.


  71. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 4:22 pm:

    So you’re one of those economics before health people. Got it. This pandemic would be much worse and last much longer if we took the advice of people like you. You send your family out first. You lead the way.


  72. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 4:22 pm:

    Forget it, - Demoralized -

    He’s trolling.

    === The constituents in the Eastern Bloc and southern Illinois deserve much better.===

    They do, but the Eastern Bloc in that locale of the state pander in such a way that it’s admitted that a 51st state isn’t possible, and yet they will still troll folks that drivel to seem relevant.

    They’re not bright, the “Hateful Eight” and those Eastern Bloc blokes, but they all are keenly aware how to troll the folks they need to stay in Springfield.


  73. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 4:25 pm:

    “I know not everyone is a sheltered by a guaranteed govt paycheck.” That’s another way of saying deaths are ok if it keeps the price tag smaller.

    I think when he/she referred to Trump’s “wonder drug”, he/she was referring to chloroquinone, which has not been doing well in trials. A French study just ended because of cardiac side effects.


  74. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 4:42 pm:

    ===but I know not everyone is a sheltered by a guaranteed govt paycheck.===
    I though the 2.2 stimulus bill was supposed to help small companies, the bars and restaurants and coffee you mentioned. You seem to doubt that they will be helped. So you must think the Trump administration won’t distribute the money efficiently, or effectively or fairly.


  75. - Excitable Boy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 4:51 pm:

    - not everyone is a sheltered by a guaranteed govt paycheck. -

    I work in construction in the energy industry.

    - projects 110,000 bars and restraunts will be shuttering their doors. Happen to know a coffee shop locally that threw in the towel. -

    50% of those businesses fail in normal times, and several will open again.

    Your anecdotes get pretty old.


  76. - Pundent - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 6:17 pm:

    =The National Tavern Association projects 110,000 bars and restraunts will be shuttering their doors.=

    Yes, there will be tragic consequences. Too bad it came to this for us to realize that. Of course there was an opportunity to get ahead of this back in January. But you and many others were so intoxicated by the “Trump economy” that you couldn’t see the forest through the trees.

    Instead of hoping for a cure that’s likely months off, perhaps its time for a little self-reflection on how we arrived at this point in history.


  77. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 6:28 pm:

    LOL… get this…

    “@GlennonMarkE - The first, simplest step towards honesty and transparency would be to publish all the COVID data that is reported the state every day at 10am by all IL hospitals. No excuse for not doing so.“

    6:21 PM, 4/8/2020

    Where’s those hospitalS that are 90% empty?

    How about that transparency, lol


  78. - Jibba - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 6:37 pm:

    Two thirds of people who go on a ventilator for COVID 19 never recover. Therefore flattening the curve is needed, but the real hope is a vaccine, not herd immunity, whether fast or slow. Don’t get it at all, and wipe it out before it can become seasonally reoccurring, or we’ll be shutting down in the winter again.


  79. - Pundent - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 7:17 pm:

    Glennon’s approach isn’t all that different than Ives. Start by being outraged and work your way back to identifying the missing information that fuels that outrage. It’s finding a problem to create the straw man for your grievance.

    I would also like him to identify the hospital with 90% vacancy given his desire for transparency.


  80. - 13th - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 9:04 pm:

    wonder what he thinks now that Murray Center in Centralia has 16 or 17 confirmed cases now, and sure more to come in next few days, which is in his district or in same town of part of his district and I sure a lot of the workers lives in his legs district


  81. - Excitable Boy - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 9:10 pm:

    - Glennon’s approach isn’t all that different than Ives -

    The right wing is at an Olympic level of synchronization.

    Their social media posts are almost cut and paste nationwide, and the rest of us are caught up in “group think”.

    It’s pretty breathtaking really.


  82. - Chicago 20 - Wednesday, Apr 8, 20 @ 9:28 pm:

    Mark Glennon is a disingenuous, morally corrupt Koch shill.

    Now we can add dangerous to Glennon’s inhuman attributes.


  83. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Thursday, Apr 9, 20 @ 8:01 am:

    ===Should they have been immune from criticism or questions before, during, and after the war?===
    Straw man argument. No one has suggested that Pritzker or anyone else be “immune from criticism.”


  84. - All this - Thursday, Apr 9, 20 @ 8:56 am:

    My criticism of Ms. Abudayyeh is that what she observed is so obvious she didn’t need to say it.

    Everyone knows the guy who balances the bowl of popcorn on his beer belly and yells at the TV that football players should have jumped higher or ran faster or hit harder.


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