By: Diane Benjamin
The Work Session proved Normal wants to shut down businesses with FINES. Attorney Brian Day claims Restore Illinois is law even though the legislature never passed it. He needs to be the first employee replaced when new leadership is installed on May 1st. Watch the first 45 minutes, it will prove incumbents don’t deserve re-election. McCarthy and Cummings were awful, Preston wasn’t in their league but not great either. Of course the meeting wouldn’t have been called with Koos’ approval.
It was made clear during the meeting the State Health Department has no enforcement mechanisms. Ditto for the McLean County Health Department. The State Police will investigate but they won’t be arresting anyone because there is no law they can reference. The McLean County State’s Attorney will not prosecute for the same reason.
The only reason Chris Koos and Pam Reece want a local ordinance is to bully local small businesses. They didn’t mention fining Home Depot, Walmart, or Menards for violations of the 6 foot rules or occupancy limits. (Have they seen their parking lots?) Covid isn’t spread there, evidently just in locally owned restaurants and bars trying to survive.
See 15:00 and following. Koos states Restore Illinois can only be enforced by local ordinance. Reece told Stan Nord enforcement wouldn’t cost any money. (Real crimes would be ignored to bully businesses) Brian Day claims for the second time Executive Orders are law. Funny how nobody can prosecute violations except your local elected officials and only if they pass an ordinance. Does Day know how laws work?
See 19:00. Pam Reece claims they aren’t trying to shut anyone down. The fines for violating the new ordinance would start at $250 and jump to $500 – maybe higher. She must think businesses have cash stashed in the walls to pay her “boot on their neck” tax.
To further prove the intent is to shut down businesses that don’t kneel before the royal couple (Koos and Reece), see this statement in a letter written to a local establishment by Chris Koos:
Sure looks like a threat to shut down a business Mr. Mayor.
Restaurants aren’t even close to being super-spreader locations. They are the Koos and Reece target only because they are easy. Below is Region 2 which includes McLean County. April 6th can’t come soon enough.