'We are all trying very hard to get this right,' Illinois governor says after some question indoor dining ban

"All across the country, every state is fighting this right now. Can you not see that? COVID is rising everywhere. Let's not try and find the loopholes here and there."

Craig Dellimore
October 28, 2020 - 11:03 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- While announcing Tuesday the tightened restrictions on Chicago restaurants, Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker expressed frustration with some of the rhetoric he’s faced because of his COVID-19 related orders.

Pritzker had a testy exchange with a radio talk show host who questioned the health statistics he used to justify halting indoor dining in Chicago and imposing new limits on the size of gatherings to 25 or fewer.

The Governor said he wished she would promote people doing the right thing, and not giving a platform to people who think the coronavirus is a hoax.

"Question after question is always about trying to find some thing that might have been done wrong along the way, and the reality is we are all trying very hard to get this right. All across the country, every state is fighting this right now. Can you not see that? COVID is rising everywhere. Let's not try and find the loopholes here and there," he said.

He then went on to another questioner.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is not concealing her opposition to Pritzker’s order imposing new restrictions on Chicago restaurants and other gathering places. She said she's trying to persuade him to change his mind.

Mayor Lightfoot issued a written statement Tuesday night in response to Pritzker declaring that indoor dining must cease in Chicago and gatherings must be limited to 25 or fewer people.

She stressed a need for better communication, and said she and her team want to work with the governor, in her words, “to better understand their metrics.”

Earlier, Governor Pritzker said it was simple. Hospitalizations and Chicago’s positivity rates in testing had risen quickly.

"Chicago has been on an upward trend. I think we heard this from Dr. Arwady earlier today, and has said this for a couple of days that actually the upward trend has been going on for some time now; so it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has been following the metrics," Pritzker said.

Crain’s Chicago Business reported Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot are expect to talk later Wednesday.

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