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Thursday, Apr 30, 2020

* Looks like more reporters and security than actual protesters…


They’re demanding a governor unilaterally overturn a decades-old statute, even though their own legislative efforts have come up short time and time again.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: People need to stop using a global pandemic to advance their own failed legislative causes via executive action. It’s a truly dangerous way of thinking.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

32 Comments
  1. - Roman - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:12 pm:

    It’s been pointed out before, but bears repeating: If Pritzker is ticking off both the rent-strike crowd and the Bailey/Cabello science deniers, he’s probably getting things just about right.


  2. - Montrose - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:15 pm:

    It seems like there is a growing need for the legislature to try to figure out some way to be relevant in this crisis. I know it is a complicated mess to get them back together, but their silence on a variety of topics from different sides of the political spectrum is being felt.

    The people pushing rent control should band together with the people wanting limits on EO power to get the legislature back in session to deal with issues they care about. That doesn’t mean they will have the votes to get it done, but there is an actual path through the legislature that doesn’t exist with just the Governor.


  3. - The Most Anonymous - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:20 pm:

    There are more people who laugh at Lift The Ban than there are who agree with it. It’s not going to pass, it never will.

    But I’m glad we have activists in this world who don’t give up when the governor committed to Lift The Ban on the campaign trail and all we got from Mayor Lightfoot yesterday is a laughable pledge. I’m of the opinion that they’re right to highlight the problems with rent burying people in the time of this global pandemic. Good for them for pulling reporters there. That matters. If they had protesters there we’d all be criticizing them for a crowded protest in the time of COVID.

    But it is time that said activists learn how to actually pass legislation.


  4. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:21 pm:

    If JB were to do that by executive order it would be ruled improper in a trial court and that ruling affirmed by the Supremes, unlike an order enjoining a nonexistent “quarantine” entered by a judge who should have recused himself after speaking about how his personal interests were affected by the EO.


  5. - @misterjayem - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:22 pm:

    What Montrose said.

    – MrJM


  6. - robert lincoln - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:23 pm:

    I long for the time when extreme kooks of any persuasion would receive no attention and thus obtain no legitimacy. Now, all you have to do is notify the media. 10 of them show up and outnumber the kooks. and you get on the 5 pm news


  7. - Contrarian - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:23 pm:

    No evictions for 5 months under federal law (not good enough?). Free everything.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:27 pm:

    It’s tiring to see failed policy being championed via “pressure”, presuming the executive wants to, and will, go about making something happen outside the legality of legislative process.

    I try to ignore those unwilling or unable to get 60/71 and 30/36, but then I especially go after those protesting… when they decide being in the face of others because their sad failure is now processed to be a sad distracting failure.

    You can’t pass it. Thanks for reminding me.


  9. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:28 pm:

    This stuff is too confusing for me to follow. First it’s “Pritzker is bad because he’s a socialist” but now it’s “Pritzker is bad because he’s not a socialist”. Poor guy already lost the endorsement of kooks from the eastern bloc, now he loses the endorsement of kooks from justice democrats. How will he ever win over twitter?


  10. - Boone's is Back - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:37 pm:

    Prtizkerville? seriously? JB ain’t no Hoover.


  11. - the Patriot - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:44 pm:

    The Governor can’t say quit politicizing it when he is politicizing it. He has not been able to get any criminal justice reform done then said we need to and kicked 4000 inmates with no medical data.

    9 people can’t have a court hearing, but can buy pot.

    You can’t have a drive through church service, but you can have drive through fast food.

    The governor has picked and chosen his political pets with no valid medical reason while stomping on constitutional rights.


  12. - Anyone Remember - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:47 pm:

    Has anyone seen the legal opinion they brandish about like lawyer J. Noble Daggett?


  13. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:52 pm:

    ===kicked 4000 inmates with no medical data===

    That’s a bogus number and you either know it or should.


  14. - John on the spot - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:55 pm:

    I prefer Pottersville

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXQhTmNDTGo


  15. - John on the spot - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:57 pm:

    How about the lost ending from It’s a Wonderful Life?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw89o0afb2A


  16. - @misterjayem - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:59 pm:

    “You can’t have a drive through church service, but you can have drive through fast food.”

    I’m pretty sure McDonald’s restaurants are specifically designed to accommodate drive-thru customers — are church buildings?

    – MrJM


  17. - Huh? - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 1:02 pm:

    Have no sympathy. I was unemployed for a year during the great recession. No one was bleating about rent and mortgage holidays.

    Mortgage was due every month, and I paid it.


  18. - Demoralized - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 1:03 pm:

    the Patriot:

    Why you believe the Governor’s reponse during this pandemic has been nothing but a political response is beyond me.

    You are and continue to be a hyperpartisan. And it’s sad that you’ve chosen that during this particular time.


  19. - Demoralized - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 1:04 pm:

    ==Have no sympathy.==

    Well that’s certainly Christian of you. Sheesh.


  20. - Demoralized - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 1:05 pm:

    I’ve never understood the concept of a drive in church service to begin with. Our church was going to have one at Easter until they were served with a cease and desist order. I wasn’t planning on going anyway because I don’t understand the point of sitting in my car and listening to the service on the radio. Our church is very high tech and I can watch services on the television every Sunday. Why me sitting in a car is better doesn’t make sense to me.


  21. - Joe Bidenopolous - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 1:13 pm:

    =No one was bleating about rent and mortgage holidays.=

    Disagree. You apparently don’t remember Occupy Wall Street or The Rent Is Too D@&$ High character who ran for NYC mayor


  22. - Joe Bidenopolous - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 1:14 pm:

    =I’m pretty sure McDonald’s restaurants are specifically designed to accommodate drive-thru customers — are church buildings?=

    Last I checked, they also sell a thing you literally need to live. Pretty sure you won’t be smote for not going to church.


  23. - Huh? - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 1:24 pm:

    Demoralized - Must be because I am an atheist.

    I have a niece and nephew who are unemployed because of the stay at home orders. They had been on the fiscal edge before the crisis. I send them what I can afford to share because I am fortunate enough to have a job that allows me to work from home.

    I have no sympathy because they have a contract with their landlord or lender that says they will pay a certain sum of money to remain in their place of abode. They are demanding that the government relieve them from that contract to which they freely entered. Why should the government break a contract to which it is not a party? Wouldn’t it expose the government to a lawsuit for taking property (rent) without just compensation?

    Where were these people 10-12 years ago during the great recession when the economy crashed? No where, invisible, phantoms.

    You want to stay, you pay.


  24. - Huh? - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 1:34 pm:

    “don’t remember Occupy Wall Street or The Rent Is Too D@&$ High character who ran for NYC mayor”

    You’re right, I did forget them.


  25. - City Zen - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 1:50 pm:

    “Freeze Rent Payments,” says Toyota Camry built in right-to-work state.


  26. - Demoralized - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 1:51 pm:

    ==I have no sympathy ==

    I think you need a new moral compass because yours is broken. I feel sorry for you.


  27. - JoanP - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 2:04 pm:

    =Has anyone seen the legal opinion they brandish about =

    Yes.

    https://dsgchicago.com/2020/04/governor-pritzker-has-legal-authority-to-grant-rent-relief/


  28. - Practical Politics - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 2:33 pm:

    Um, the Thompson Center is where Pritzker’s Chicago office is located. The Daley Center houses the Cook County Courts.


  29. - @misterjayem - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 2:33 pm:

    “Must be because I am an atheist.”

    Nope. I’ve known plenty of atheists who cared about other people.

    – MrJM


  30. - revvedup - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 2:58 pm:

    There were bigger and better protests over Cook County’s beverage tax. This protest underscores the complete lack of support for their position.


  31. - RNUG - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 6:21 pm:

    == I’m pretty sure McDonald’s restaurants are specifically designed to accommodate drive-thru customers — are church buildings? ==

    While not common practice now, there is a bit of history of having held at least Easter Sunday church services at drive-in theaters in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

    I do agree with - Demoralized - that there are other alternatives today; even before the virus, a lot of church’s were already broadcasting their services over the internet. If the small church I attend full of mostly senior citizens can figure it out, anyone should be able to.


  32. - Lynn S. - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 8:37 pm:

    @Joe Bidenopolis,

    “The Rent is too &@$- High” is an actual registered political party in New York.

    When my then-teenaged son heard about it, over a decade ago, he was delighted (banned punctuation) and said that was the political party he wanted to belong to.

    (And yes, he knew the whole name of the party.)


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