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*** UPDATED x1 *** Likely GOP gubernatorial candidate vows to oppose mask mandate

Saturday, Jan 9, 2021

* Sen. Schimpf (R-Waterloo) has confirmed to reporters that he plans to run for governor. And he chose to begin the campaign by opposing a mask mandate…


* Center Square with the background

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration has refiled an emergency COVID-19 rule similar to one that expired Monday to continue statewide mask and social distancing requirements in Illinois for another 150 days. […]

Karr said the statewide rule filed Monday by the Pritzker administration was an improvement over the expired rule.

“This puts in place that you can hand them something in writing,” Karr said. “So, you could give them a notice that IRMA had produced that said, ‘You know you should be wearing a face mask, we may ask you to leave,’ and that helps the retailer avoid, try to avoid, some of those confrontations.” […]

The updated emergency rule also prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people. […]

Enforcement of the rule will be up to “all local boards of health, health authorities and officers, police officers, sheriffs and all other officers and employees of the state and any locality,” it says.

If a business refuses to comply with a written warning and a subsequent written order to disperse, “that business, service, facility or organization open to the public shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Section 8.1 of the act.” That could lead to a Class A misdemeanor with penalties up to $2,500 fine or up to a year in jail.

…Adding… From comments…

From another story line: “I can think of little that is more important than saving lives and getting to the bottom of this tragedy,” Schimpf said. “We are still waiting to hear from an IDPH official who was actually making decisions when this tragedy began, so we can find out why it took so long to get a team on site to manage this crisis.”

I have news for Sen. Schimpf. Community spread leads to spread in nursing homes. If he really cares about the lives of the folks in our care, why is he so opposed to the most basic of all protections?

*** UPDATE *** Washington Times

At least 50% of new coronavirus infections are spread from people without symptoms, according to a study published this week.

People who are asymptomatic or never experience symptoms made up about 24% of all transmissions, while presymptomatic individuals accounted for 35% for a total of 59%, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

Jay Butler, CDC deputy director for infectious diseases and a lead author of the study, told Business Insider that the findings back up public health guidelines about social distancing and mask wearing.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

11 Comments »
  1. - Michelle Flaherty - Saturday, Jan 9, 21 @ 12:36 pm:

    Schimpf’s JCAR coup?

    Stand down.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Saturday, Jan 9, 21 @ 12:40 pm:

    This won’t get my attention.

    Any fool can be against the public safety.

    This is the type of candidacy that caters to the eastern bloc simple-minded politics, selfish, and willing to be divisive in Cook and the Collars.


  3. - Lake County Mom - Saturday, Jan 9, 21 @ 12:40 pm:

    The Republican Party is damaged beyond repair.


  4. - TheInvisibleMan - Saturday, Jan 9, 21 @ 12:41 pm:

    ===shall be subject===

    With the use of the word shall instead of the word may, does that imply that it would also impact any of these same agencies if they refuse as well.

    Much of the problems are coming from the top down when local states attorneys sheriffs and health departments refuse to even take this seriously.


  5. - Pot calling kettle - Saturday, Jan 9, 21 @ 12:41 pm:

    From another story line: “I can think of little that is more important than saving lives and getting to the bottom of this tragedy,” Schimpf said. “We are still waiting to hear from an IDPH official who was actually making decisions when this tragedy began, so we can find out why it took so long to get a team on site to manage this crisis.”

    I have news for Sen. Schimpf. Community spread leads to spread in nursing homes. If he really cares about the lives of the folks in our care, why is he so opposed to the most basic of all protections?


  6. - Oswego Willy - Saturday, Jan 9, 21 @ 12:47 pm:

    ===“…” Grandma is a heck of a campaign slogan.===

    Asking… isn’t Schimpf one who is upset with the Covid outbreakS (plural) at the Veterans HomeS?

    How does that make sense, in so far as accountability, but freedom?

    How can you hold accountable while wishing Grandma good luck?


  7. - @misterjayem - Saturday, Jan 9, 21 @ 12:50 pm:

    “I will still attend & VOTE AGAINST Gov. Pritzker’s latest unlawful rule.”

    Looking at the wide-spread adoption of masks in the suburbs and wonders how long until Republicans likely to win a statewide general election in Illinois can’t possibly win a Republican primary?

    Or are we already there?

    – MrJM


  8. - Rabid - Saturday, Jan 9, 21 @ 1:41 pm:

    bareface campaign


  9. - phenom_Anon - Saturday, Jan 9, 21 @ 5:06 pm:

    Maybe I’ve missed it, but I haven’t seen anywhere a single quote from Schimpf against wearing masks.
    Not sure where that is in “I will still attend & VOTE AGAINST Gov. Pritzker’s latest unlawful rule” or “The Governor’s latest administrative rule once again usurps the authority of the Illinois General Assembly.”

    He says the rule is unlawful and that it usurps the General Assembly’s authority. Sounds like a process and procedure issue. Please let me know if I’m wrong and he’s telling people not to wear masks.


  10. - Candy Dogood - Saturday, Jan 9, 21 @ 5:16 pm:

    To help people understand why Senator Schimpf and others would so passionately oppose a mask mandate; years building outward behavior on toxic masculinity has made it so that a man insecure in his masculinity must reject wearing a mask because it’s an outward expression of caring for others.

    As Paul would be the first to tell you, real men don’t care about the welfare of others and ain’t afraid of no microscopic viruses.


  11. - Rich Miller - Saturday, Jan 9, 21 @ 5:20 pm:

    ===Sounds like a process and procedure issue===

    Yeah, stick with that. Voters don’t do nuance, pal.


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