By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Lori Lightfoot recent virtual press event.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced what will open in Chicago’s phase 3 of restoration. The Lakefront did not make that list. NBC reports that Lightfoot made this announcement in a recent press event virtual address to the Economic Club of Chicago.
“Unfortunately at this point, we will not be ready to reopen our lakefront,” said Lightfoot, as quoted by NBC.
“To do this we also expect a reopening of our parks and libraries, programming for youth with strict protocols in place. We believe we have can find creative ways in which we can bring some of this activity back online safely sooner rather than later,” Lightfoot further said, as quoted by NBC.
The list of those business operations that can reopen include child care, elective surgery, manufacturing and construction.
There has been a considerable amount of backlash in Chicago regarding Lightfoot’s handling of phases and reopening the Lakefront. The public was outraged by the conduct of the press event, and by the fact that the Mayor and her colleagues were removing masks. They also did not appear to be practicing diligent social distancing. Citizens demanded an explanation via YouTube.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has also currently been accused of threatening jail time to those people who promote gatherings via social media. This was reported by Tammy Bruce of Fox News via her Twitter. Lightfoot’s statements were quoted by the news site Kerry Picket.com.
“Now I’ve directed Superintendent Brown to order all police districts to give special attention to these parties and this is how it’s gonna be: we will shut you down, we will cite you, and if we need to, we will arrest you and we will take you to jail. There should be nothing unambiguous about that. Don’t make us treat you like a criminal but if you act like a criminal and you violate the law and you refuse to do what is necessary to save lives in the city in the middle of a pandemic we will take you to jail.
So, that means if you host a party, if you promote a party, if you go to a party, we’re not playing games, we mean business and we are going to shut this down one way or the other.
The time for educating people into compliance is over, don’t be stupid don’t come out, don’t advertise on social media, we’re watching you and we are going to take decisive action,” said Lightfoot as quoted by Kerry Picket.com.
This suggestion is a direct violation of both the Illinois State Constitution and the United States Constitution. Her suggestion of jail time for gathering promotions on social media are a direct violation of the Illinois Bill of Rights Sections 1,2,4,5, and 6 respectively.
“All men are by nature free and independent and have certain inherent and inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights and the protection of property, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the Governed,” says Section 1 “Inalienable Rights.”
Lightfoot’s statement is in direct violation of Section 1 because it suspends the rights of the Governed from questioning the phase reopening process or having a voice in it. Social media could be used to promote an amended approach to compromise and allow gatherings while also maintaining COVID-19 safety structures. Promotion would be up for interpretation under the terms of Lightfoot’s suggestions. These forms of discussions should be inalienable via the verbatim text of the Illinois State Constitution and should not be subject to criminal inquiry.
“No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law nor be denied the equal protection of the laws,” says Section 2 “Due Process and Equal Protection.” Lightfoot’s statement is a direct violation of due process and equal protection because executive orders and mayor’s city ordinance declarations are not effectively equal to signed laws. Therefore, they should not be punished to the same degree as signed laws.
“All persons may speak, write and publish freely, being responsible for the abuse of that liberty. In trials for libel, both civil and criminal, the truth, when published with good motives and for justifiable ends, shall be a sufficient defense,” Section 4 “Freedom of Speech.”
Lightfoot was in direct violation of this right by threatening to take legal action against mere publishing promoting gatherings and not on actual instances of violating the executive order.
“The people have the right to assemble in a peaceable manner, to consult for the common good, to make known their opinions to their representatives and to apply for redress of grievances,” Section 5, “Right to Assemble and Petition,” which effectively gives Illinoisans the right to question if the continuation of the executive order is in their best interests and to propose compromise solutions for the public health crisis. It gives them the right to assemble in a council-like setting to reach solutions in their own governed interest, including ways to host parties that also take COVID-19 precautions if they so choose.
“The people shall have the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and other possessions against unreasonable searches, seizures, invasions of privacy or interceptions of communications by eavesdropping devices or other means. No warrant shall issue without probable cause, supported by affidavit particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.” Section 6, “Searches, Seizures, Privacy and Interceptions.”
If we infer that “papers” would be adapted to the modern times to also mean social media discussion records, then the announcement of legal action against social media discussion directly violates Section 6. Lightfoot’s threats also are in direct violation of Section 6 because she has threatened surveillance of social media and stated “we are watching you.” The Illinois State Constitution gives Illinoisans the right to be exempted from searches, and would only give Lightfoot the right to jail or prosecute people who are directly violating the executive stay-at-home order by being in actual physical attendance of an event that undermines emergency public protection.
It is not clear if Lightfoot will be called on to make a reply of her unconstitutional threats or if the United States government will intervene. It is, however, a possibility as Lightfoot has expressed some pressure from politicians for her handling of COVID-19 phase 3.
“These politicians are incredible and ruthless. We can never let our guard down,” said Lightfoot, in a tweet published May 12.