Voted Full Steam Ahead because some folks don’t celebrate Easter and for those that do it may provide a larger audience. Daily updates are critical given the intensity of the situation and our proximity to the potential peak of cases.
Full steam ahead. Recognizing one religious holiday without recognizing all religious holidays goes against the inclusiveness he’s trying to show.
- Give Us Barabbas - Thursday, Apr 9, 20 @ 11:04 am:
I’d say go with it, and perhaps, it would be good to ask Cardinal Cupich, a Baptist preacher, a Rabbi and an Imam to all make brief statements in support? I don’t know that’s it’s wise or necessary for them to appear at the Thompson Center for that - perhaps just reading their statements aloud would suffice. I understand about Church & state Separation; this would not be government supporting religions, but rather, religious people supporting a government decision.
I voted “yes”, for the reasons others have ably articulated. But- I am also concerned about exhaustion on the part of the governor’s staff. The amount of preparation necessary for the daily briefings must be extensive.
I voted he could skip it, only because I feel if it’s a holiday he and his family celebrate, he can take the day off. If they don’t celebrate it, he can still take the day off. He probably could use it. This has to be weighing in him more than we all realize
- Back to the Future - Thursday, Apr 9, 20 @ 11:21 am:
Easter with JB? Needlessly disrespectful to millions of Illinois folks. I will say skip it.
I voted yes out of respect for all those essential workers who will be on the job that day taking care of sick and vulnerable people and attending to the rest of the things we all need taken care of. I would support him turning the briefing over to others once a week to engage in a self-care activity to keep himself healthy.
Voted skip. As important as these press conferences are, folks need a day off (aka working from home, not being in the public). Staffs providing essential services are still taking at least one day off a week. The mind, body and soul need a respite IMHO.
Unless there is significant news that cannot wait until Monday, skip it.
- Back to the Future - Thursday, Apr 9, 20 @ 11:29 am:
He should take off Passover too.
I have listened to some of the Pressers on some days. I do appreciate the effort, but for the most part I am on board with probably 11 million Illinois residents that just catch what I think I need to know from local news.
It is not based on The Gov’s religion; it is out of respect for Christians, as isn’t Easter the holiest day of the year for them? I once got chewed out just for sending a fax on Easter to a very observant Catholic lawyer! Nevertheless, I voted full steam ahead, but suggest an abbreviated briefing that actually is brief!
- Back to the Future - Thursday, Apr 9, 20 @ 11:35 am:
I just think Gov. J.B. and his staff could be doing something
more productive on Easter than holding a press conference.
If he skips now, then to keep good form he would have to skip the Festivus address, too. The Governor has been performing feats of strength for some time now; I want to hear his Airing of Grievances in December (when we are hopefully thru this!).
Full steam ahead. Everyone isn’t a Christian, and many Christian celebrate the following week too. I oddly find myself looking forward to these briefings. We need stability and he’s giving us a little.
The governor has been one of the adults in the room since day 1. Keep on going full steam ahead. I appreciate his calm demeanor and practical information. It’s one of the press briefings I go out of my way to watch.
Voted “Full Steam Ahead.” As strange as it sounds, I find Pritzker’s daily press briefings lend some sanity and calm to the overall situation - I listen to Cuomo, too, but prefer Priztker, who interweaves science and humanity - and sincerity.
He and his staff, however, do need rest - perhaps as soon as Illinois has peaked, they should scale back somewhat, depending on the curve’s progress.
Full steam ahead. The pressers are a government function which has become essential as a major source of reliable Illinois-centric information. Essential government functions, especially in times of need, should not be cancelled for religious holidays. Those who wish not to watch need not do so, those who do wish to do so may. Note that this does not work the other way around (cancellation is for all, not just some.
I think that While there are a lot of us who appreciate the daily updates, there are a sizeable number of people who might find it offensive. If he does it, I’d hope he would keep it short, upbeat, and as on-message as possible. And I’d second the idea of no reporter questions for that day only.
I voted skip. It has nothing to do with Easter. I just think the guy needs a day off and most of us could use a break from the doom and gloom news. Skipping one day isn’t going to change anything. Covid-19 will still be around come Monday. Let the man rest and relax.
As to the Holiday a pol should take the holiday they observe if they take one. Just be real, most people appreciate that.
He doesn’t need to do it every day anyway. It devalues what he has to say, but I am downstate so rarely says anything relevant anyway.
He needs to realize he is not Trump(not a crime) and he will never be President. Let those with relevant information speak, otherwise telling me the same thing I can read or he did yesterday is pointless.
- lake county democrat - Thursday, Apr 9, 20 @ 12:43 pm:
A lot of people are involved in putting the daily briefings together, with surely some observant/deeply religious Christians among them. No judgment either way, but if he wants to give his team a break on such an important holiday to so many, that’s fine.
- Six Feet of Separation (temporary name) - Thursday, Apr 9, 20 @ 12:48 pm:
If he wants to do it, I have no problem. An afternoon briefing won’t conflict with most services.
===…but I am downstate so rarely says anything relevant anyway.
He needs to realize he is not Trump(not a crime) and he will never be President.===
Now *say* all that without mouth breathing.
If you’re concern is more about saying “he won’t be president” versus “hey, everyone needs a rest, governors too”, then your concern isn’t at all about what you think it is.
My hope, be it Saturday, Sunday, someday, the Guv and members of his crew get “a day”… and doctors, nurses, all… they get “a day”. A human feeling of appreciation isn’t measured by a want to measure politics.
Full steam ahead. We’re not a theocracy and the public having the ability to have access to their leadership during this crisis is more important than a holiday that is important to Christians and celebrated with confusing pagan idolatry using a term borrowed from Germanic pagans.
I know it’s important, but we celebrate it with people in bunny suits and by hiding eggs.
===Needlessly disrespectful to millions of Illinois folks.===
Let me know when the State makes Christmas Eve and Good Friday official state holidays and we can start talking about how serious we all feel about this topic.
Minnow lives far far downstate.
The Gov’s daily briefings have become a touchstone to how the rest of the state is doing. With a mother in a local locked down assisted living - any & all COVID19 info is relevant. With family & friends scattered throughout IL, hearing the stories (& reading highlights here) help put context (& hope) to the #’s on the IDPH website.
Full steam. Be brief, but stay consistent with the tough current events needing special effort. I like Barabbas’ idea of the four religious leaders giving a word. I am not religious but inclusion/team work/ support is never a bad thing
I voted skip it, but my opinion is in the middle. If he’s particularly religious and wants to set an example on how to observe safely, I think that would be good. Otherwise, it would be a helpful demonstration of leadership to give the briefing regardless of the holiday.
Why would he? So that I can have a day of not going to church and not having dinner with my extended family? He’s sacrificing and doing it during Passover. Not sure why he wouldn’t do the same for Easter.
Depends. If necessary, he should. If no material change, skip it for a day.
- Top of the State - Thursday, Apr 9, 20 @ 5:12 pm:
How many Illinoisans are actually listening to Pritzker?Perhaps they are watching the national newscasts or online sources. And some simply are not watching any media, but hearing news second hand from friends/family. Skip the Sunday briefing.
=It is not based on The Gov’s religion; it is out of respect for Christians, as isn’t Easter the holiest day of the year for them? =
And maybe he shouldn’t do it during Passover out of respect for his co-religionists. And maybe he shouldn’t do it during Ramadan out of respect for Illinois’ Muslim population. And not on April 19 out of respect for Orthodox Christians.
I fail to see how having a press briefing on an issue crucial to his constituents is disrespectful to *anyone*.
Voted “Full speed” because there was no “Half speed” option. The virus doesn’t observe religious holidays. As a nod to Those who observe Easter I think it would be nice to know the Governor is personally making the time to inform us of the current status but make it a little shorter than normal with additional information available on-line.