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Question of the day

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020

* Asked by a reporter during the governor’s press conference today

Do you ever feel that you’re the most hated man in Illinois in this virus situation?

* Part of his response…


* The Question: How would you have reacted to that question?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

39 Comments
  1. - The Opinions Bureau - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:21 am:

    “Have you…have you heard of Mike Madigan?”


  2. - very old soil - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:23 am:

    What a dumb .


  3. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:24 am:

    Hey, Wow, I laughed and laughed. Unfortunately, I had to delete your comment. Sorry (banned punctuation)


  4. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:27 am:

    “real leaders have to make tough decisions that are best for Illinois, not run around and pander to the lowest common denominator”


  5. - Montrose - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:28 am:

    I think his response was spot on. Leadership is not about worrying if people like you. If that is your concern, you are in the wrong gig.


  6. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:28 am:

    “Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.-Albus Dumbledore”


  7. - Arock - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:28 am:

    A legitimate question when you look at the comments on Facebook to articles posted by the press. What is posted above is a good answer as well. Doing what is right in your own mind based on the facts and information provided by experts in the field is the way too go.


  8. - lake county democrat - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:29 am:

    “If I’m not, I’m doing something wrong.”


  9. - OneMan - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:30 am:

    If I wanted to be loved I would have spent the money I did running for office to get the Bears Tom Brady.

    His response is spot on


  10. - walker - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:31 am:

    “You talking’ to me?”

    Only kidding — it was a good answer.


  11. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:31 am:

    Bite me. Next question.


  12. - Drake Mallard - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:33 am:

    MWAH ha ha
    MWAH HA HA
    MWAH HA HA HA HA
    No Seriously - go pound sand


  13. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:36 am:

    ===when you look at the comments on Facebook===

    Get off Facebook. It’ll rot your mind and distort your reality. It’s a fantasy land.


  14. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:37 am:

    Fun one?

    “Everyone’s a critic”

    To the QOTD,

    “Choices and decisions allow for judgements of those leading. It comes with the territory. Popularity is not in the mix of reasons when life-saving decision might not be popular.”

    Also, I liked the Governor’s response.


  15. - NorthSideNoMore - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:40 am:

    “Adulting is hard, Leading is even harder, doing both is flat out tough. Sometimes I have to do both for people who can’t or won’t “


  16. - Big Jer - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:41 am:

    His Response was good. Echoing what Montrose said.

    ==keeping people healthy and out of hospitals==

    That is important. All the mitigations are ideally about preventing deaths. But what the mitigations/lockdowns are really for is to prevent the hospitals from getting overwhelmed.

    Especially in the rural areas where the profit seeking healthcare systems have been closing rural hospitals. The remaining hospitals do not have the beds/ICU capacity to handle multiple waves of COVD-19


  17. - A Guy - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:44 am:

    A simple, Yes.


  18. - Pundent - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:44 am:

    I think Pritzker’s response hits the mark. He knows that none of this is going to be easy. He’s not looking for praise and adulation or only focusing on those that agree with him. It stands in stark contrast to what the President is doing. I may not agree with every decision that Pritzker has made, but I know that they’re informed by science and his belief in what is right. That’s what leadership is. Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you, listed to what they have to say, and make courageous decisions.


  19. - Candy Dogood - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:46 am:

    That’s a pretty good answer.

    I don’t think I could do better on demand because I would have added something about how I hoped that the people who aren’t taking things seriously are held accountable which would have been the news story instead of the soundbite presented.


  20. - AlfondoGonz - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 11:49 am:

    Has Jim Boylen left the State yet?


  21. - Wensicia - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:00 pm:

    “If I’m hated for trying my best to end this pandemic while saving lives, I won’t regret it. Wear a mask.”


  22. - Club J - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:06 pm:

    I think the Governor’s answer was to the point. This is something Mrs. Club J and I have discussed after watching some of his press conferences. He had no clue of this pandemic when he ran for election and now he’s making tough decisions for all the people of Illinois. I know he has a team of Doctors and Scientists he gets information from, but a lot of how he handles things comes from his own background. You can hear it in his voice every time he talks about the number of deaths. It’s not something he takes lightly. He willing to fight for the people of Illinois no matter what is said about him. That takes a special kind of person to let that just roll off your shoulders. Is he perfect? NO, but thank God we don’t have the last three in office.


  23. - Precinct Captain - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:13 pm:

    I would’ve said I remember the famed words of Winston Churchill during the Blitz, “Forget it, folks! It’s hopeless! Time to give up! We’re only being bombed because of shelters. No bombing, no shelters!”


  24. - Keyrock - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:13 pm:

    It was a very good answer.
    “No, that’s still Bruce Rauner” would also have worked.
    By the way, has Bartman’s time come and gone?


  25. - Joe Schmoe - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:14 pm:

    Wait till he finally realizes that WalMart is more dangerous than a restaurant. Once he shuts Costco and the other stores down he’ll really be on a few folk’s __it list.


  26. - West Side the Best Side - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:16 pm:

    Madigan. COVID COVID COVID COVID COVID. Madigan.


  27. - Loop Lady - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:17 pm:

    I would have said that I care for the people of Illinois
    based on science and public health best practices.
    I can’t imagine why people would hate you for protecting
    you and your loved ones.

    I guess time will tell if I made the right decisions.


  28. - Give Us Barabbas - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:31 pm:

    ” I feel a very great weight of responsibility for protecting the lives of every Illinoisan, whether they are a fan or not. I took my oath of office seriously and this is my first duty to the people. There is no other agenda here but to save lives, and save the state. The majority of citizens are on board and we’re all working together to get thru this, by following the science, listening t the advice of the experts, and showing as much responsibility, self-sacrifice, personal leadership and neighborliness to each other as we can.”

    “This pandemic crisis is in effect a slow-motion version of a war, but this time, everyone’s been drafted to fight it. Everyone. Because everyone you know and love is in danger from it. And the people you -don’t- know, as well. Not caring about the fate of strangers is a luxury now and we can’t afford it.”


  29. - Joe Bidenopolous - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:46 pm:

    How would I have reacted?

    Poorly


  30. - Chatham Resident - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:56 pm:

    ==Bite me. Next question.==

    Wasn’t that a Ditka press conference reply once? I thought somewhere on YouTube once I had seen a video of presser highlights where Ditka said the above to a reporter.


  31. - Cubs in '16 - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:58 pm:

    “Bailey, how did you get a press credential?”


  32. - In 630 - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 12:58 pm:

    “People are mad when they see a situation that’s beyond their control.If they’re mad at me, it’s because they think I’ll listen. And I am. I’m mad too. I’m there’s national and local media dealing misinformation about this virus and telling people to disregard the health of their neighbors. I’m mad there’s no action in Washington to save our independent restaurants, bars, and shops. I’m sad when I see restaurants I’ve enjoyed disregarding health rules, and when neighbors don’t wear masks.”


  33. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 1:11 pm:

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    * Gov. Bruce Rauner was out of town during today’s big union rally, but he did talk about it briefly while in Carterville…

    “If yelling and chanting and protesting solved problems, Illinois wouldn’t have any problems.”


  34. - A Simple Thank You - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 2:19 pm:

    Thank you Governor for your leadership


  35. - thunderspirit - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 2:52 pm:

    I think his answer was pretty good, actually. I like the additions Barabbas and In 630 gave, too.


  36. - Sal - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 3:00 pm:

    I agree with Montrose, and our Governor.


  37. - Perrid - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 8:10 pm:

    Pritzkers response is good. If I’m being honest, I probably would have flared up a bit at the question, gotten defensive and angry. One of many reasons i’m not a politician


  38. - JFK - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 10:05 pm:

    This site is cruelly censored. Only posts that back the Gov. are let through.


  39. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Oct 28, 20 @ 10:16 pm:

    ===This site is cruelly censored===

    You’ve had one other post that I can find…

    Go back to Facebook.

    lol


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