By: Diane Benjamin
If you already knew “right fit” businesses are all that matters in Normal, last night cemented their place in history for being unfriendly to business.
The Town levied fines on Joe’s Stationhouse Pizza for daring to defy Pritzker’s spewings when the Illinois Constitution clearly states emergency powers last 30 days. It was Pritzker who acted as a dictator by not calling the legislature back in session to actually create laws. His Executive Orders were meaningless except to those who chose to do his bidding and harass those who failed to comply.
The local restaurants who did comply did so because they are sheep afraid to confront the wolf. There was never any proof indoor dining socially distanced spread COVID. States that locked down saw MORE cases because people gathered elsewhere, like homes. Kathleen Lorenz voted to punish Joe’s because the businesses that did comply felt shafted.
Want proof there is no law? Both the State’s Attorney and the McLean County Health Department stated they can not enforce the ban on indoor dining. Chris Koos stated all complaints would be referred to the Health Department during a meeting on November 2nd, shortly after he issued threats and fines. Last night Kathleen Lorenz wondered why Pritzker didn’t provide an enforcement mechanism. Duh, he can’t make laws. Remember those other people we elect to represent us who never got to voice opinions for us?
5 of the 7 voted to fine Joe’s. Stan Nord and Scott Preston were the only ones opposed. Stan brought up the staff and two Council members indoor dining in the small conference room. Chemberly Cummings claimed she felt perfectly safe and they were discussing business, so they didn’t violate Pritzker. They did, but since it’s business it must be okay. The common people just aren’t allowed to indoor dine because they aren’t doing important work.
By the way, if you see Chemberly Cummings in public stay 20 feet away from her. She is terrified of going into stores and mixing with the little people.
The discussion starts at 3:21:15. I purposely didn’t tell you where comments you need to see are. You need to watch the entire discussion. While surrounding communities have allowed their businesses to be open, Normal proves they prosecute entrepreneurs only because they can.
4:10:40 Koos uses Roberts Rules of Order to make sure Stan Nord can’t speak.
Joe’s was fined $1750 and ordered to pay $920.00 for the court reporter and another $1500 for the hearing officer. In addition they will not get their Liquor License Fees waived this year, maybe another $2500.
Joe’s will appeal to the State Liquor Commission. When this is eventually ruled illegal, the Town attorney needs fired. Of course, he was only doing what was expected of him.