By: Diane Benjamin
It wasn’t that long ago when the Town of Normal was punishing businesses with fines who were just trying to stay open. Hypocrisy now should encourage those businesses to file lawsuits against Chris Koos and Pam Reece because TWICE in the past few weeks they have proven that Executive Orders and internal edicts don’t apply to them.
I reported the first incident yesterday: https://blnnews.com/2021/08/20/the-town-of-normal-super-spreaders/
The second violation is far worse because it proves whatever Gov. Pritzker says is immaterial if a party is planned.
I’m referring to Coliseum Mike’s party for the Koos handpicked Citizen of the Year.
On July 29 Pritzker issued an order that masks had to be worn inside all State buildings. https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/pritzker-requires-masks-for-everyone-in-illinois-state-buildings/2571807/
Chris Koos’ invitation only soiree occurred August 3rd at the Bone Student Center on the ISU campus. https://www.wglt.org/local-news/2021-08-03/normal-citizen-of-the-year-mike-matejka
ISU is owned by the State of Illinois meaning masks were required. The partiers didn’t agree if they were getting their picture taken or just talking to people. Yes, the super-spreaders were even more abundant than at Wayne Aldrich’s retirement party.
Thanks again to Sonja Reece for posting pics on her Facebook page, there are a few masked people, lots of others that aren’t – including the Town attorney (top right):
This one is from the WGLT story. Evidently local news doesn’t care about Executive Orders either. Covid can’t spread if your picture is being taken.
This was the welcome table checking off names, can’t allow any serfs to enter accidently or wear masks:
More pics thanks to Sonja:
No surprise that WGLT didn’t care about masks – bottom right pic shows their very own Charlie Schlenker attending maskless.
Has ISU banned the Town of Normal for violating Executive orders?
Nope, former President Dietz was on the invite list. So was current President Terri Kinzy. So was former President Al Bowman.
Rules don’t apply if you are invited to a Koos party the taxpayers pay for.
One more thing, the WGLT calls this a volunteer appreciation party. Exactly what volunteering did the invitees do?
Keeping the masks on for pictures would have created history. 20 years from now people could have marveled at the people who thought a mask kept out a tiny virus without making the wearer ill from toxins on the mask.