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Ill. Gov. Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker (D) and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) are planning new economy-crushing lockdowns because they are addicted to power and micromanaging peoples lives, according to Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

“Pritzker and Lightfoot are killing the economies of Illinois and the City of Chicago,” said Tobin. “And the real tragedy is that lockdowns do not halt the progress of the COVID-19 virus. The virus is in the wild, which means it cannot be stopped. Only when the population reaches herd immunity, which is achievable only by being exposed to the virus or receiving a vaccine, will the pandemic end. All pandemics end with some type of herd immunity.”

“When even the WHO – hardly a pro-business organization – concedes lockdown orders don’t stop the spread of the virus – one might think that the case is closed,” stated the Issue #160 of the Unleash Prosperity Hotline. Nevertheless Pritzker, de Blasio, Newsom, Lightfoot and other leftist politicians continue to shut down the nation’s economy, including the celebration of Thanksgiving.

According to the newsletter, “Lockdowns are NOT associated with lower death rates. They are NOT associated with lower hospitalizations. Their only effect is to bankrupt small businesses and destroy millions of jobs.”

“Not only that,” said Tobin, but the 10 states with the strictest lockdown policies – I.e., New York, New Jersey, Illinois – still have substantially higher death rates than the 10 states with no or minimal lockdowns.”

“Lockdowns don’t work. It’s time to say ENOUGH! to these left-wing politicians. Open up the country and put people back to work and students back to school.”

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