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Champaign to hold Emergency Meeting: Grant powers to ban sale of firearms, gasoline, liquor, take possession of private property –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On March 13, 2020

Champaign, IL. (ECWd) –

The City of Champaign, IL. will hold an Emergency Meeting this morning to pass an Ordinance related to the “Emergency Created by the Impact of the COVID-19 Virus” – better known as the “Coronavirus” or the “Wuhan Virus.”

The City proposes to grant extraordinary powers to the Mayor, which include (starting on page 8 of the below pdf):

  • Violating parts of the Open Meetings Act
  • Ban sale of firearms and ammunition
  • Ban sale of any alcohol
  • Closing of all bars, taverns, liquor stores, etc
  • Ban sale or giving away of gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products in any container other than a gasoline tank permanently fixed to a motor vehicle
  • Direct the shutoff of power, water, gas, etc
  • Take possession of private property and obtain full title to same
  • Prohibit or restrict ingress and egress to and from the City

One thing noticeably absent? The Mayor will not have the power to prohibit the sale of marijuana…

Read the proposed Ordinance here or below:

CB 2020-022 An Ordinance Related to the Emergency Created by the Impact of the COVID-19 Virus

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75 Comments
  • Sarah
    Posted at 07:53h, 13 March

    Champaign should not even be having a meeting now if they are so concerned about this pandemic they are using this as an excuse for control and Globalist to deny people to buy gas, and all the other restrictions; I have blasted this article all over Twitter and every news outlet and Donald J Trump!

  • Loki
    Posted at 08:02h, 13 March

    So martial law but with sugar on top ?

  • Dave
    Posted at 08:04h, 13 March

    What grants them the authority to subvert the Illinois constitution and our constitutionally protected rights? Champaign is attempting to operate as though the state govt is subservient to city govt and is a unlawful Police state

  • Sarah
    Posted at 08:19h, 13 March

    One more comment IMPEACH MAYOR FEINEN!

  • Thomas J Hartford
    Posted at 08:22h, 13 March

    This is way too much power to give to a local official.
    What the hell are they thinking.

  • A. Lincoln
    Posted at 08:52h, 13 March

    Clearly much more is going on here, under the surface and in a local setting, than is revealed in this plainly unconstitutional and illegal proclamation. Governor Pritzker would be well advised to have the Illinois Attorney General or his General Counsel immediately seek a writ of mandamus on the City of Champaign officials immediately. By doing so, he could do something good for his own (official) benefit and that of the good citizens of Illinois.

  • Gofuk You’reself
    Posted at 09:03h, 13 March

    Uh, have they read the 3rd and 4th amendment in the constitution?

  • Roger
    Posted at 09:19h, 13 March

    Many Issues, among them… banning sale of gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products in any container other than a gasoline tank permanently fixed to a motor vehicle… my backup generator uses gasoline or propane, which is more efficient. I can siphon gas from my vehicle but I can’t put propane in my gas tank to use in my generator. Also, directing shutoff of power, water, gas, etc… What kind of dictator are they creating?

  • Dale
    Posted at 09:26h, 13 March

    If this isn’t a joke we will revolt

  • Julie Schmidt
    Posted at 10:00h, 13 March

    Here’s Champaign’s new anthem….https://youtu.be/U06jlgpMtQs. What a bunch of overzealous authoritarians

  • Allan Mank
    Posted at 10:23h, 13 March

    The liberal insanity is way out of hand.we definitely need to vote RED

  • Jeff
    Posted at 10:25h, 13 March

    Sorry Lefties, the US Constitution trumps your little kingdom power play. Do a “Nancy”
    and rip that worthless rag in two and save it for your outhouse visit.

  • Susan Smith
    Posted at 10:44h, 13 March

    Apparently the Nazi SS is alive and well in Champaign.

  • John
    Posted at 11:18h, 13 March

    Piggy-backing off the public health laws dating back to the tuberculosis era (Sangamon County created its county health department using old tuberculosis laws and structures), can a Home Rule City do this?

  • Gus Maroscher
    Posted at 11:19h, 13 March

    Effective immediately, the mayor, Debora Failen, will be addressed as “Your Highness,” and all Her subjects will either bow, curtsy or kneel when She enters the room.

  • John Pogue
    Posted at 11:34h, 13 March

    Those needing toilet paper, there is a document they can use that may be extinct.

    • marilynlz
      Posted at 18:22h, 14 March

      Debora Failen couldn’t find TP and this is the result…an emergency declaration!

  • Steve
    Posted at 11:43h, 13 March

    This is why the 2nd Amendment was included in the U.S. Constitution.

  • Gus Maroscher
    Posted at 11:46h, 13 March

    MEDICAL ALERT: The “COVID-19 Virus” has mutated!

    1. Fortunately it’s been confined to the City Hall of Champaign, IL.
    2. The symptoms: Severe panic attacks, frequent “Napoleonic Complex” outbreaks and dramatic drops in the victim’s IQ.
    3. The mutation’s new designation is “LOWIQ-1.0”

  • Publicus
    Posted at 11:46h, 13 March

    Oh my goodness! You’ve scooped the Onion!

  • Rick Lezu
    Posted at 12:03h, 13 March

    With Champaign being home to a great university it is clear none of these people attended. If they did they should request a refund. How stupid can a group of idiots be? You people there should gote everyone of these
    assholes out of office.

  • Damien
    Posted at 12:13h, 13 March

    Yeah, good luck with some of that. #merica

  • Derek
    Posted at 12:27h, 13 March

    Council voted 9-0 to pass the ordinance. WAND carried a live stream of the meeting. WCIA started to, but then whisperings could be heard about “turn it off” and the stream cut out 10 minutes before the vote.

  • Carl Wagner
    Posted at 12:47h, 13 March

    If like to see them try.

  • Stefanie
    Posted at 12:48h, 13 March

    what in the actual ****? And they claim Trump is a dictator!!! This libtard bastion is taking all if the citizen’s rights!!

  • Linda Birdsong
    Posted at 13:32h, 13 March

    Cannot even imagine how they figure to get away with such ridiculous edicts.

  • Chuck
    Posted at 13:34h, 13 March

    What was the outcome? Anybody?

    • Robert E. Oliver
      Posted at 23:29h, 13 March

      Voted in unanamously

  • day of the rope SOON
    Posted at 13:48h, 13 March

    Come and take it.

  • Nico Kane
    Posted at 14:19h, 13 March

    Nothing like right wing misguided stupidity spouting propaganda

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 14:25h, 13 March

      What right wing misguided propaganda are you talking about? The actual City Ordinance is at the bottom of the article.

    • Marilyn Zack
      Posted at 18:18h, 14 March

      Wake up! The blame lies with the council not some amorphous “right wing.” You sound like an hysterical nut!

      • Paul K.
        Posted at 12:30h, 15 March

        Bad press is, in large part, reading letters p-t-m-u-c-a-r-t-o phoentically arranged in a journalistic news agency article all tune soon after the fact. Why boggle?

  • William Peete
    Posted at 14:51h, 13 March

    So people will have to drive to Urbana?

  • Sug Madik
    Posted at 15:01h, 13 March

    This will only continue until politicians and their enforcers are exterminated in numbers they cant replace. Boogaloo 2020

  • Tony Chrisagis
    Posted at 15:33h, 13 March

    Who do you think you are? I don’t the general public think that YOU can run their lives better than they themselves can. I know I won’t conform to what you want me to be. Up yours!

  • DB
    Posted at 15:38h, 13 March

    Sounds like communism to me.

  • Troy
    Posted at 15:49h, 13 March

    I am not sure what use most of those powers have in an emergency. Sounds like they declared a “morality emergency” not a medical one.

  • Joel
    Posted at 15:56h, 13 March

    What was the result of the morning meeting? Did the ordinance pass?

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 16:01h, 13 March

      passed unanimous

      • Barney
        Posted at 22:52h, 15 March

        Are you happy about that ?

        • jmkraft
          Posted at 07:02h, 16 March

          Happy about what?

  • Robert O. Bogue
    Posted at 16:15h, 13 March

    How is it….the flu with an annual record of killing over 11,000 US citizens goes unnoticed and the Coronavirus, with less than 50 US deaths causes panic in our government officials the likes of which have never been seen?
    What is it about banning of fuel, firearms, liquor sales and seizing private property actually prevents the spread of the virus? Does the virus need these things to survive?

    The greatest threat to my country isn’t the Coronavirus, it isn’t China or Russia; it’s the US government. Officials that have been elected to serve with distinction, that don’t, that can’t read the constitution, that don’t believe in our country: or that don’t believe in the rights of her citizens.
    Crazy, radical, stuff intended to justify giving enormous power to a few. Where have we seen this before?

    • Anna
      Posted at 11:06h, 14 March

      EXACTLY!!!

    • Marilyn
      Posted at 16:21h, 14 March

      My thoughts EXACTLY !!!!!!! It’s a control issue !!! Testing the waters for future plans !!!!!

  • Sal Tessio
    Posted at 16:29h, 13 March

    Sieg, Heil!

  • Sara Hubrich
    Posted at 17:09h, 13 March

    Isn’t this a bit of an overreaction?

  • Gerri
    Posted at 17:11h, 13 March

    D’fuq? So glad I left the state of my birth several years ago. Your Governator must have studied Adolph Hitler and thought there were some good ideas Hitler had back in the 30’s. I tried to read all the Wheras’s but there were so many. Does he really think the population will willingly go along with this BS? People of Illinois, BE STRONG and BE SAFE!
    gerdani8

  • Cindy
    Posted at 19:28h, 13 March

    No one is concerned about their fake pandemic. This is the beast system rising that you are watching coming into power. The antiChrist needs this in place before he appears. It is all going down.

  • Keith
    Posted at 21:17h, 13 March

    The people holding this are complete idiots. Just making an excuse to steal from hard working Americans. This crap is going way to far for some made up virus. This virus will mysteriously vanish after the election!

  • Ron
    Posted at 22:19h, 13 March

    Prohibit sale of alcohol in a college town? Good luck with that!

  • Tom Lightfield
    Posted at 22:34h, 13 March

    Let the body count begin!!!

  • scharell
    Posted at 00:40h, 14 March

    sounds like martial law to me

  • Jon Weiss
    Posted at 07:48h, 14 March

    Interesting, one of the provisions is…

    “Prohibit or restrict ingress and egress to and from the City”.

    So the city of Champaign IL is now officially a “Concentration Camp”.

    • Pete
      Posted at 10:13h, 15 March

      At best, a misleading article. Last line is illuminating re rewriting the open meetings act.

  • Rich
    Posted at 13:31h, 14 March

    Thomas Dowling says: March 12, 2020 at 9:42 pm
    You NEVER want to consent to “martial law”, EVER! “Martial law” IS pure evil! IF Our government tries to control the movement of ALL Citizens, THEN “they” consider US subjects OR slaves. If Trump is the man I think he is, he would NOT try to do that to US. A quarantine on Our national borders from ALL other countries and NON- U.S. Citizens would Not be a violation on U.S.

    • Paul K.
      Posted at 12:45h, 15 March

      Please do bring Mr. Dowling’s attention to Mr. Kraft’s posting here, sir.

  • Rich
    Posted at 13:33h, 14 March

    this site will be listed as a site of censorship

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 13:41h, 14 March

      What are we censoring?

      • Rich
        Posted at 13:43h, 14 March

        I WILL TRY AGAIN

      • Rich
        Posted at 13:44h, 14 March

        its now showing

        • jmkraft
          Posted at 13:52h, 14 March

          What is showing? We approve all comments unless they contain profanity or other inappropriate language.

          • Rich
            Posted at 14:04h, 14 March

            when? on a one hour delay? please

          • jmkraft
            Posted at 14:29h, 14 March

            Whenever we get a chance to look at them.

      • Rich
        Posted at 13:50h, 14 March

        youre still censoring

        • Paul K.
          Posted at 12:40h, 15 March

          Chances are ECWd probably just lack the “resources,” in the pejorative of biggy box tech.

  • Rory Steidl
    Posted at 13:36h, 14 March

    What does the sale of firearms and ammunition have to do with a “State of Emergency” as related to the Covid19 virus, anyway? Sounds like an activist not allowing an “emergency” to go to waste. Hmm, I also wonder if they have an eight foot security “deer” fence (with barbed wire at the top) around their airport or government owned property – and if so – what use they might have planned? Did they seek input from 1-City Attorney 2-AG or State’s Attorney 3-Police Chief before they concocted all elements of that declaration?

  • Rich
    Posted at 13:47h, 14 March

    So, yes, as is so perfectly, perfectly apt, the post-Christian West is committing suicide over… a deep chest cold. It was pointed out to me that Corona is NOT a type of influenza. It is what we have all called, up until now, “a cold”. That’s right. COVID-19 is a type of cold. For some, especially the over-80 and already co-morbid, it can develop into a nasty deep chest cold which can then progress into pneumonia. Just like all other colds. And, exactly like other colds, many people get it and never have any symptoms – their immune system controls it. And like all other colds, it is contagious. So, yes, as is so perfectly, perfectly apt, the post-Christian West is committing suicide over… a deep chest cold.
    Over 20,000 people have died in the United States so far this calendar year (since January 1) from H1N1 type influenza. Including 136 children. But… that doesn’t matter. That’s… DIFFERENT. Riiiiiight. Youbetcha. In the ARSH 2016-2017 flu season in Italy, 25,000 people died of influenza, which was above average, but not unheard-of. But… that was different.
    Viruses are contagious and “go around”. It is now being said that people are “asymptomatic carriers” for a MONTH BEFORE showing any symptoms of this type of cold. Therefore, if you leave the house you are literally Hitler killing old people. Um, do we see the irrationality of this?
    Do we see how this insanity leads to no one being able to leave their home EVER EVER AGAIN because there is no way to know if you are a walking vector of death to the elderly? Even if testing were available, between the time you take the test and the time the results come back, you could have picked up this cold virus. Are we seeing what is going on here?
    https://www. barnhardt.biz/2020/03/14/have-you-noticed-how-if-you-point-out-any-objective-facts-or-irrational-arguments-that-you-are-now-a-murderer-of-old-people/

    • George and Cathy
      Posted at 15:44h, 14 March

      Hubby and I are 65 and have weak lungs and live with my mom who is 89. We three are SO glad it is targeting us and not little ones. We’ve got our bags packed and ready for heaven. This COVID-19 thing is simply what we country people used to call “culling the herd.”

  • marilynlz
    Posted at 18:25h, 14 March

    An extreme measure to corral the underage drinkers and tp hoarders. Debbie has flipped her wig!

  • marilynlz
    Posted at 18:28h, 14 March

    Not so wise giving WHO a toehold through the back door. . . too globalist an organization who’d love to dictate to us.

  • Mark Toon
    Posted at 10:17h, 16 March

    This is a HUGE Trojan horse. Now that they’ve grabbed all this power, it remains in effect until the same people who imposed martial law decide to vote to repeal it – EVEN AFTER THE PANDEMIC IS OVER! Long after the virus is gone, if they want to move the climate change craziness forward, they could legally stop selling gasoline, or seize all non-electric cars. Have an electric car? They could force the electric company to give you free electricity to keep it charged. If they want to ban guns, they can. They can also confiscate them as well. Eventually, they’ll compensate you for what they stole, but I’m guessing they get to set the price. If Trump comes to give a rally and they don’t like it, they can arrest you for walking on the sidewalk if you try to attend. They may have used the pandemic pandemonium to get this through, but it can be used and reused for anything, virus related or not, and for as long as they deem they want to use it. Do you really trust the same people who pulled off this power grab to voluntarily give it up? Classic and sad example of the phrase, “I love my country, but fear my government”!

  • Charles white
    Posted at 19:32h, 16 March

    These jack**** once again have failed to do their homework. This is nothing new. This also happens to be Illinois state law. 20 ILCS 3305/7(9). Look it up. It’s an interesting read. But these clueless morons don’t have the guts to take on the state. When are the watchdogs going to grow up, and become a real news outlet?

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 19:36h, 16 March

      20 ILCS 3305/7(9) Only applies to the “Sec. 7. Emergency Powers of the Governor.”
      No need to apologize for your comment.

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