Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Announces Lockdown After Celebrating Joe Biden in Streets

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Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new 30-day stay-at-home advisory as COVID-19 cases have escalated in the city and the state of Illinois. Effective Monday, private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Mayor Lightfoot has urged everyone to cancel all traditional Thanksgiving plans, stop having guests over who do not live in the home, and avoid non-essential out-of-state travel.

It doesn’t look like a full lockdown of all businesses — at least not yet — as the Chicago Sun-Times writes that “Fitness clubs, retail stores, hairdressers, barber shops and movie theaters that have their own capacity mandates are not impacted by the 10-person limit.”

Two weeks ago, Mayor Lightfoot urged Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker not to shut down indoor dining, but he did it anyway.

I live in Chicago and am galled that this lockdown order comes from Mayor Lightfoot less than a week after she celebrated the news that networks called the presidency for Joe Biden in crowded streets. She was speaking into a bullhorn, with lots of people around her, and she was not wearing a mask:

This isn’t a Republican or Democrat thing. I voted for Joe Biden, and I was happy about the news on Saturday too. Even if most of the people in the outdoors crowd were wearing masks around her, what message does it send that this gathering is okay, but now she says we can’t see our parents for Thanksgiving?

It’s okay for crowds to celebrate President Trump losing — and Mayor Lightfoot shared the video of it to her 262K followers herself — but not to gather for Thanksgiving with masks and social distancing. Now that’s a super pretzel.




Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. All that is illegal ya know and why the citizens of chi town put up with this really stupid tyrannical mayor is beyond me and how in the hell could someone like her be elected in the first place. I am wondering why a recall has not been started like yesterday you all must like getting punched in the face repeatedly is all i can figure.

  2. ‘This isn’t a Republican or Democrat thing.’

    Biden flat out told everyone he was going to do this. Shoot I figured it would be a weekend of partying and then the Commie draconian stuff soon after. No wonder Chicago is a mess…there’s no reason left in that city.

  3. Glad you see the light. But complaining about lockdowns, then stating you voted for Biden is the equivalent of complaining about getting herpes after dating a hooker. This is what Democrats do. You live in Illinois…you should know that better than anyone.

    Please tell us you didn’t vote for Crimesha Foxx too. That would be a real OutKICK in the balls.

  4. Biden being declared the president has our Democrat governor in Nevada to resume overstepping his bounds. I guess the Democrat’s plan to unite all of the country is for everyone to experience the same misery and hopelessness about the future.

  5. Wow! Did you only vote for Biden and not fatso Pritzker or the comedienne that is Lori Lightfoot? Are you uninformed generally, or only about politics? This was the first time I read your column; happy you told us your perspective.

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