By: Diane Benjamin
Monday night Normal’s “professional staff” will present a plan to force their business owners to comply with Pritzker’s edicts. They will say it is the Carrot and Stick approach, but it’s really extortion. I wonder what Pritzker has promised in return for enforcing what can’t be enforced under the law? He knows the law doesn’t allow prosecutions so locals who want money need to enforce it.
Normal wants to do is waive all Liquor license renewal fees next year for those who comply and likely close their business. How can you stay in business when you can’t do business? If Normal thinks waiving fees is going to keep the doors open they have obviously never run anything.
Worse, “Administrative” hearings will decide who qualifies. In other words, we write the law and we find you guilty or innocent. (I hear they already are without a meeting of the Liquor Commission)
Meanwhile large retailers face no harassments for packed parking lots. Occupancy requirements under the same edicts don’t apply.
I wonder if voting records determine who gets a pass and who doesn’t? Just asking democrats!
Does Normal know the latest proclamation expires 1/4/2021? Should we be expecting more or are they wasting their time? Do those running for re-election think they have any chance of winning if they pass this? It will be fun to see what organization endorses anti-business elected officials! (Chamber of Commerce?)
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