CHICAGO, IL. (ECWd) -
At Governor Pritzker's May 13, 2020 "daily" Briefing, a reporter asked him about opening equestrian (horse racing) activities in Illinois, and what that would look like.
In commenting (see video here or below) Pritzker stated that it will open when it is determined there are rules which keep everyone safe and present a plan. 'Maybe place them in every other stall at the start line' (what about during the race when they are breathing hard and should-to-shoulder?).
How is it possible to prohibit team sports such as baseball or softball, but permit horse racing and other equestrian activities? What about liquor store and weed shops being labeled as essential, but not churches? No haircuts unless you are the Mayor of Chicago. No high school graduations, but it is fine for the Mayor of Chicago to be present at a Chicago Fire Department graduation ceremony? Essential travel only, unless you are related to the Governor or unless you want to have a car parade for little Johnny's birthday? Tens or hundreds of people in a big box store, yet unsafe for more than two people in a boat, no matter how large?
The hypocrisy is endless.
We must note that the equestrian related question and answer came a mere 5 days after Team Welles posted a video on their Facebook page (May 9, 2020) that they were excited to be headed back up to Chicago. Did they know something the rest of the state doesn't know? How convenient to field that question now...
It is also worth mentioning that Governor Pritzker's daughter rides with Team Welles, is their newest rider, and most recently rode in a competition in February 2020, prior to the stay at home orders, believed to be in Palm Beach, Florida.