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Bailey: “Chicago is living The Purge” and “JB Pritzker and his cohorts in mayhem are directing the film”

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* In case you need some background

The Purge is an American anthology media franchise centered on a series of dystopian action horror films … The films present a seemingly normal, crime-free America in the near-future. However, the country is a dystopia which celebrates an annual national holiday known as “the Purge,” a day in which all crime, including murder, becomes decriminalized for a 12-hour period.

* Sen. Darren Bailey today, with a bit of italicized commentary by me and some links for you

We’re standing here today near the spot where two tourists were mugged at gunpoint just outside of their hotel last night.

This is not a test, this is a wake up call. Chicago is living The Purge. When criminals ravage at will and the cops are told to stand down.

JB Pritzker and his cohorts in mayhem are directing the film. With his SAFE-T Act, JB is set to unleash The Purge in neighborhoods all over Illinois as of January 1.

For those who will not see, many in the media, those who deny the hellhole Chicago has become. More people have been murdered in Chicago this year than in New York City and Los Angeles combined [Close, but not accurate]. Let that sink in. More than 500 deaths so far.

JB Pritzker, Lori Lightfoot and Kim Foxx are personally responsible for this.

For those who will not see, lift the veils from your eyes before they’re ripped away by one of the gangs or criminals that our leaders have set free.

Watch the video of a gang of armed robbers terrorizing Wicker Park residents Monday. The cops spotted them getting away, but they were told to stand down. Don’t try to catch them. Don’t pursue, was the words. That’s the rule in Chicago. Those Wicker Park robbers are serial criminals. They went off scot free and they will return.

Alderman George Cardenas, a Democrat, tweeted in a response, ‘Public Safety in Chicago is a joke. Why bother calling the police?’ Except it’s not a joke. It’s a nightmare.

Chicago has strict vehicle pursuit guidelines that make it impossible for police to do their jobs and let criminals go free. [If the city is going to have these pursuit guidelines to protect innocent bystanders, then it really needs alternatives, like drones and helicopters, and it needs them soon.]

And it gets worse. JB is so enamored of these horrific rules that he passed legislation that imposes them on the entire state of Illinois.

Soon, all of Illinois will look like Chicago, like a scene from a horror film come to life. We can and we must stop this.

He then went on to outline his anti-crime program, which he’s done before. Also, as always, please pardon any transcription errors.

* Bailey seems to be riding a wave of recent TikTok videos claiming Illinois is about to enter The Purge on January 1. Most of the videos are based on false or woefully incomplete information, including a meme produced by a far-right southern Illinois website using call letters that make it look like a licensed broadcast station.

…Adding… It’s spreading like wildfire on these sites…

There are no “non-detainable offenses” coming on January 1. Those judged a flight risk can be held, as one example. But, there’s been a lot of behind the scenes talk about changing the SAFE-T Act during the post-election veto session, particularly to tighten up some language on who gets released and when, and clarifying some things in the anti-trespassing law. So, this Fox 32 take is mostly correct

Even some top Democrats concede privately they’d like to amend ambiguous language dealing with exactly when judges will be able to detain violent offenders.

* Last word…


  1. - btowntruth from forgottonia - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:28 pm:

    Gee he’s really ramping up the positivity in his ads towards Chicago………

  2. - Roadrager - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:31 pm:

    ==[If the city is going to have these pursuit guidelines to protect innocent bystanders, then it really needs alternatives, like drones and helicopters, and it needs them soon.]==

    CPD has two helicopters, but also has a maintenance history of them akin to McDonald’s and its ice cream machines. They have been up more lately, so I hope this has been addressed.

    The federal government has loaned a helicopter to the city since the summer of 2020 and it has helped.

    The pursuit guidelines are often followed too stridently by CPD brass. There’s clearly a message coming from somewhere that they need to think of the settlement money should something go wrong.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:33 pm:

    Gotta be honest, “The Purge” as your point of reference for an old white male who uses “rapture” and cites Bible versus incorrectly…

    It’s performance art. It’s a mockery *of* the cultists, Bailey is mocking his own base, not embracing them. Bailey’s telling the joke and the audience hasn’t figured out they *are* the joke.

    Living at the Hancock?

    Bailey will be getting $250 takeout from steak joints with a view of arguably one of the most beautiful skylines and lakefronts in the WORLD.

    The jokes on the cultists.

    Bailey is the “Borat of the Plains” now… in search of what those who believe in him can’t grasp is farce

  4. - Commissar Gritty - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:33 pm:

    I can’t even quote the Republican candidate for Governor thoughts on Chicago without running aground of Rich’s profanity rules, but now this guy wants to live in a penthouse in the Hancock?

    Is he paying rent with the PPP loan that was forgiven or is he just redirecting campaign donations like so many others in his party?

  5. - Vote Quimby - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:35 pm:

    Wouldn’t you want to get to know the whole state before you run for governor of it?

  6. - Pundent - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:36 pm:

    Nothing says “living in a hell hole” than being a stones throw from Tiffany and Gibsons.

  7. - Priscilla - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:37 pm:

    Was he wearing his “Warriors” jacket when he gave this speech?

  8. - DTownResident - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:39 pm:

    Didn’t Jane Byrne live in Cabrini Green for a short time? When is Bailey moving to Humboldt park or his Edgewood Park?

  9. - jackmac - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:41 pm:

    “The Purge” is actually the abandonment of downstate towns like Bailey’s Xenia by smart young people seeking opportunities, challenges and living wages in places like … (wait for it) Chicago.

  10. - btowntruth from forgottonia - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:42 pm:

    I might go tell some Bailey supporters here in Forgottonia that he has rented an apartment in Chicago and that he plans on living there for a bit.

    I am guessing massive cases of cognitive dissonance will happen.
    I will need popcorn and soda…..

  11. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:43 pm:

    For a guy who spots a lot of religious morals stuff, he is pretty lose with the truth and I am proffering quite a bit of grace with that description.

    =and the cops are told to stand down.=

    Maybe a bit of evidence here, and who may have told them to “stand down” would be nice.

    Enjoy JHT darren, I will assume that I subsidized the rent for you.

  12. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:47 pm:

    Remind me, but wasn’t the government that instituted the Purge in the movie religious and ultra-nationalist?

  13. - Amalia - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:49 pm:

    cops may complain about things, but Bailey’s comments are an insult to the police.

  14. - Rudy’s teeth - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:49 pm:

    Candidate Bailey won’t have far to go for groceries. Just a short ride to the 44th floor for pork rinds.
    Wonder if he’ll visit the Art Institute, the Museum Campus or Symphony Center during his stay?

  15. - Walker - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:54 pm:

    Starting to hear this at suburban doors from usual Dems. It’s dramatic enough to be memorable

  16. - vern - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:57 pm:

    So first of all, if he’s “living” in Chicago he needs to change his voter registration and resign his senate seat. But let’s give him the benefit of the doubt that he’s just “staying” in Chicago temporarily.

    Living in the Hancock is the worst way possible to immerse yourself in the culture. The Hancock has a grocery store in the building, it’s got a giant parking garage, and it’s on mag mile. It’s crazy expensive, way beyond what most Chicagoans can afford. This is like some bizzaro Jane Byrne Cabrini Green stunt.

    I actually like the general idea, but this is the worst possible execution. It shows that neither he nor anyone he talks to knows Chicago well at all. It shows how rich he truly is, that he can grab a short term rental at the Hancock without having to sell his house. He could’ve gotten a place anywhere else outside of downtown and gotten genuine kudos, at least from me. But he’s just pawing his way blindly through the state.

  17. - Miso - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:57 pm:

    There are no “non-detainable offenses” coming on January 1.

    Rich, this is incorrect. I urge you to read section 6.1 of the act. Only offenses listed are eligible. No one can prove willful flight. (See the definition) it’s a clear and convincing standard to prove willful flight and most prior no-shows don’t count as evidence.

  18. - Big Dipper - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:57 pm:

    I guess nobody learned from the Y2K fearmongering.

  19. - Blue Dog - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 2:58 pm:

    tremendously effective campaign theme. not so much for Bailey but GOP nationwide.

  20. - need - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:01 pm:

    All about depressing Dem turnout.. It may work.

  21. - OneMan - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:07 pm:

    ==I guess nobody learned from the Y2K fearmongering. ==
    The reason bad things didn’t happen for Y2K was that significant mitigation efforts took place.

    Take it from an IT professional if a real effort had not taken place, it would have been a banned word show.

  22. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:09 pm:

    Bailey escalating his anti-Chicago rhetoric reminds me of a junkie who needs a bigger and bigger hit to get the same high.

  23. - Pundent - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:16 pm:

    =tremendously effective campaign theme. not so much for Bailey but GOP nationwide=

    And yet the topic doesn’t poll even close to “threats to democracy.” Because if you’re going to be the party of law and order you can’t pick and choose only those laws and which order you’re in favor of.

    I’m far more fearful of Bailey and his supporters being in control of anything than I am in walking the streets Chicago and particularly those streets that Bailey has taking up temporary residence on.

  24. - Norseman - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:17 pm:

    The only purge Pritzker is directing is the one eliminating Bailey from the governor’s race.

  25. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:18 pm:

    ==It may work. ==

    Maybe, but crapping all over Chicago doesn’t usually make Chicagoans sit down and shut up, so I wouldn’t bet on it.

  26. - Concerned Observer - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:19 pm:

    Isn’t the real surprise here that he didn’t move into Trump Tower?

  27. - MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:21 pm:

    “No one can prove willful flight. (See the definition) it’s a clear and convincing standard to prove willful flight and most prior no-shows don’t count as evidence.”


    From 725 ILCS 5/110-1(e): “Willful flight means planning or attempting to intentionally evade prosecution by concealing oneself. Simple past non-appearance in court alone is not evidence of future intent to evade prosecution.”

    The phrase “simple past non-appearance in court alone” has meaning and cannot be ignored. It means failure to appear for reasons other than the intentional evasion of prosecution.

    Missing the bus is not evidence of willful flight — but as one would suspect, previous willful flight can still be used as evidence of future intent to intentionally evade prosecution by concealing oneself.

    This fanciful “can’t prove willful flight risk” canard is belied by the plain language of the statue.

    – MrJM

  28. - Dotnonymous - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:26 pm:

    Deep end…calling for Darren.

    Hysteria is a real thing.

  29. - Blue Bayou - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:27 pm:


  30. - Blake - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:27 pm:

    Bailey’s rhetoric really ain’t much different than Alderman Cardenas. The main difference is how people think Bailey & Cardenas or their bases feel about the city they’re talking about.

    We’ll probably have to wait until 2023 to see if the public responds to the SAFE-T Act.

  31. - Miso - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:28 pm:

    Nope. Not nonsense. It’s an elevated clear and convincing standard. Not preponderance as it is now. I’ll bet you 500 to your favorite charity that less than 10 defendants are held for willful flight in 2023.
    It’s not the panacea Rich’s quote suggests.
    At 50+ bond hearings a day it should be easy money for your charity.

  32. - Oxfordian - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:28 pm:

    ==[If the city is going to have these pursuit guidelines to protect innocent bystanders, then it really needs alternatives, like drones and helicopters, and it needs them soon.]==

    While dated 2020, some of these guidelines that Rich linked to are much older, and are in place for purposes of public safety (such as no chases in truck chassis vehicles). CPD regularly disregarded standing orders prohibiting high speed chases throughout the Emmanuel administration. A high speed chase in one of those Tahoes that goes wrong will (and has) ended in paralysis, death, or worse for innocent citizens.

    That’s not to say that the City shouldn’t do more to engage in pursuits, however, they have to find a way that is safe to do so for innocent bystanders. It’s been a challenge for CPD in the past.

  33. - Miso - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:29 pm:

    10 in Cook County. I left that part out. Oops! But those will be easily checked.

  34. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:31 pm:

    ==I’ll bet you 500 to your favorite charity ==

    I’ll bet you $500 that the jails don’t empty as is being suggested by many people.

  35. - MoralMinority - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:34 pm:

    You’d have thought Darren would have preferred accommodations at the Trump Tower. Hopefully they at least have Mountain Dew available at or near the Hancock Tower otherwise things might be unbearable for Darren.

  36. - MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:40 pm:

    “tremendously effective campaign theme. not so much for Bailey but GOP nationwide.”

    Please define “effective.”

    Since June, there have been four first-past-the-post special House elections and Democrats have outperformed their expected margins in those elections by an average of 9 points.

    In addition, generic ballot polling — polls that ask Americans which party they plan to support for Congress — has only moved in the direction of the Democrats. In June, Republicans led polls of the generic congressional ballot by 2.3 points. But since then, Republicans have lost that entire lead and now trail Democrats by over a point.

    But if you have evidence other than election outcomes and polling results that somehow demonstrates that this is a “tremendously effective campaign theme,” please do share it with the class.

    – MrJM

  37. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 3:51 pm:

    ===I’ll bet you 500 to your favorite charity ==

    I’ll bet you $500 that the jails don’t empty as is being suggested by many people.=

    I would like to add $500 to that wager (in agreeance)

  38. - Rudy’s teeth - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 4:06 pm:

    We’re there no short term rentals available in Edgefield Park for Darren and the Missus?

  39. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 4:07 pm:

    Maybe Next Restaurant down the street from Bailey’s presser can do a 10 course prix fixe $300 Purge menu for their next theme.

  40. - MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 4:08 pm:

    “Not nonsense. It’s an elevated clear and convincing standard. Not preponderance as it is now”

    1) You said it was impossible under the statute, i.e. “No one can prove willful flight. (See the definition)”

    I quoted the definition and demonstrated that it was not impossible.

    2) With regard to your concerns about the standard of proof, I would simply ask why should a person, before any finding of guilt, be stripped of his freedom and imprisoned in a cage without clear and convincing evidence that imprisonment is necessary?

    Clear and convincing evidence before caging someone — that doesn’t seem like too much to ask of a “justice” system.

    – MrJM

  41. - Sir Reel - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 4:13 pm:

    This one note campaign is getting boring.

    Please tell me which Bailey supporters live in the “hellhole?” Must be trying to scare suburbia into voting for him because he’s been told they go into the hellhole on occasion.

  42. - illini - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 4:13 pm:

    A quick check of the website for the Hancock showed that apartments are available for $2750 to $4500 per month and that purchases are available for anywhere from $525,000 to $3,750,000.

    I’m sure that living in the city has opened his eyes to many things, but I doubt that his living accommodations are appropriate for a country boy to try to learn about the big, bad city. But, why not let the campaign pay for the experience? Am I right?

  43. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 4:20 pm:

    Do you want a money based system for pre-trial release as we have now or a risk based system for pre-trial release as Illinois moves to the SAFE-T act?

    For those with low risk of harming others, what is the point of cash bail? The data are at best unclear and tend to point towards cash bail not being effective at forcing appearances and most people appear in court when they can so why cash bail at all?

  44. - MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 4:23 pm:

    “I’ll bet you 500 to your favorite charity that less than 10 defendants are held for willful flight in 2023.”

    So of all the thousands of people routinely held in cages pretrial under the current system, you believe that state’s attorneys couldn’t make clear and convincing arguments for holding even ten of them?

    Maybe you should stop making reckless wagers and ponder the gravity of that.

    – MrJM

  45. - Huh? - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 4:47 pm:

    [Checking voting palm card] no Darren Bailey listed for governor…

  46. - TR - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 4:48 pm:

    == I’ll bet you $500 that the jails don’t empty ==

    Are we defining “empty” literally? If so, I want in on that action.

    The fair wager would be over how much jail populations decline. Cook County’s population was about 10,000 inmates. Since non-statutory bond reform was instituted by Judge Evans five years ago, the inmate population is down to about 5,000 inmates. That’s kinda the irony of this debate in Chicago. A form of bond reform is already in place there. The new law might have less of an impact in Cook County than anywhere else.

  47. - JB funded him - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 5:34 pm:

    Fund the kooks and this is what you get.

  48. - Mr K - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 5:38 pm:

    Who the heck watches — or knows about a crummy film called — ‘The Purge’?

    Is this some dog whistle for a 18-year old demographic?

    The Purge is an awful film (nevermind it’s over-the-top violence.)

    This is what Bailey does? Watch crummy, awful films and then look for analogues?

  49. - Been There - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 5:39 pm:

    === the inmate population is down to about 5,000 inmates.====
    I believe there are thousands who are out that are wearing ankle bracelets. You two better define whether those count as in custody.

  50. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 7:36 pm:

    “Clear and convincing” isn’t some nigh impossible burden of proof. It is easier than “beyond a reasonable doubt”, and prosecutors meet that burden constantly.

  51. - Proud Papa Bear - Tuesday, Sep 13, 22 @ 7:53 pm:

    I couldn’t tell you how many centrist Democrats believe whatever their uncle/brother-in-law/cousin the police officer tells them about this law.

    When I show them the actual text of the law they say it’s wrong, that their uncle/brother-in-law/cousin must be right because they’re a cop.

  52. - Larissa - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 6:46 am:

    ==Crime is scary but ultimately the fault of white implicit bias and racism.==

    I agree that the root causes of violence need to be addressed. Programs that address racism and the root causes of poverty in the United States have been done but they cost an extraordinary amount of money to be done right to create equity, or at least restore a sense of fairness, amongst all classes in the United State. What changes do you support and more importantly, what are the new revenue streams available to pay for a “gut and replace” system of fairness or equity in the United States? I think asking the middle class to foot this bill, while the wealthy (those that live off of passive income and don’t NEED to work) remains largely untaxed would be inequitable.

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