IL Gov Pritzker forked over $300k in COVID relief funds to sketchy BLM chapter that now faces eviction

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Pro-lockdown, pro-criminal, pro-mask Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is also apparently pro-Black Lives Matter.

Last month the governor’s office submitted a report to the Illinois General Assembly’s Legislative Budget Oversight Commission containing “information regarding revenue and expenditures, statutory transfers, grants awarded from certain federal relief related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Included in the report was the bombshell fact that at some point before December of 2021, the governor funneled $300,000 to Black Lives Matter’s Lake County chapter.


(Source: Office of the Governor)

This finding, first reported by the Lake County Gazette, comes amid reports that BLM Lake County and its locally notorious founder, Clyde McLemore, are currently facing eviction from their office that reportedly sits across from the Lake County Courthouse.

“[A]ccording to Lake County Court records, building manager Mon Ami Realty filed a commercial eviction notice with the court against McLemore and Black Lives Matter of Lake County on Jan. 3, 2022,” the Gazette notes.

The reason for the filing is unclear. What’s known is that McLemore is the quintessential criminal.

“McLemore, 63, was arrested in Kenosha, Wisc. in Feb. 2021 and charged with felony battery to a police officer and disorderly conduct after he allegedly kicked a door at the Kenosha Courthouse and threatened to ‘break the fingers’ of a Kenosha police officer. A hearing is scheduled on the charges for Feb. 28,” according to the Gazette.

“According to Lake County Court records, McLemore has pled guilty to criminal felony battery and criminal misdemeanor battery multiple times, as well as faced orders of protection over stalking, most recently in 2020 and 2019.”

That Pritzker would fork over money to a group run by a man of this caliber is not necessarily surprising. This is the same governor who last spring commuted the sentence of a man convicted in the gruesome double-murders of Pamela Powers and Willie Williams — and who did so without even informing the victims’ families.

This is also the same governor who signed a bill last year that will eliminate cash bail starting in 2023, and who — along with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot — has presided over a spike in Illinois crime.

What’s odd about Pritzker is that while it seems he’s all about cutting criminals a break and giving them cash, he appears to staunchly believe in punishing the innocent.

Last August, for instance, he issued a shocking order requiring even children under two to be masked up while at school, despite the coronavirus posing an “extremely low risk” to them.

His 2022 gubernatorial challenger, Illinois state Sen. Darren Bailey, responded to the stunning order by calling the governor a “tyrant”:

Similarly, during the earlier days of the pandemic, Pritzker instituted “the most restrictive lockdown in America,” as reported at the time by the Illinois Policy Institute.

The lockdown “destroyed the state of Illinois,” according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson. It also allegedly provoked a teen into killing himself.

As previously reported, Illinois mother Lisa Mara Moore’s teenage son Trevor Till loved sports and dreamed of making it to the state championships in pole vaulting during his senior year. But thanks to Pritzker’s draconian restrictions, the dream died in 2020, prompting him to take his own life in 2020 of that year.

Meanwhile, “rich and powerful” professional and college sports players, as Moore’s attorney put it, were allowed to keep playing.

When confronted with this criticism, Pritzker defended his restrictions by claiming the state — which gave $300,000 to a BLM chapter — couldn’t afford it.

“Professional sports and college sports have significant resources for protecting their players. For creating social distance, for example, by having multiple locker rooms; by making sure they have plexiglass everywhere that they need to separate the players; to test them on a much more regular basis than an individual high school or district could afford. That’s why there is a difference,”  he claimed.

Vivek Saxena


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