* Press release…
November 20, 2020
As elected officials, our job is to be accessible to our constituents - even when they vehemently disagree with us and criticize our actions. This criticism must not be allowed to fester into threats against members of our family.
In this unprecedented time of a pandemic and economic crisis, there are many in our communities that want us to take sweeping actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Yet others that want us to scale back the mitigations even at the risk of their health, and the health of others.
This week, we were disgusted to learn that fake news on social media targeted one of Governor Pritzker’s children alleging COVID-19 violations, and the story was then magnified by other online outlets. This fake story was shared widely on social media, including by Republican elected officials, eventually leading to a $1,000 bounty being offered for a Thanksgiving picture of the Governor’s family.
We will continue to have a debate on the best ideas for moving Illinois forward, but we will never, ever, tolerate attacks on an elected official’s children. As we look towards a post-Trump future, we need to rebuild civility and compassion in Illinois - each of us must commit to leaving family members out of the debate.
Assistant Majority Leader Kelly Burke
Majority Leader Greg Harris
Assistant Majority Leader Jay Hoffman
Terra Costa Howard
Assistant Majority Leader Will Davis
La Shawn Ford
Deputy Majority Leader Jehan Gordon-Booth
Yehiel Mark Kalish
Assistant Majority Leader Natalie Manley
Curtis Tarver, II
Larry Walsh, Jr.
Emanuel Chris Welch
Rep. Morgan circulated the letter and said he wanted to push this out quickly, so he wasn’t able to communicate with everyone. “I don’t think anyone in the caucus deliberately stayed off,” he said.