CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Cubs fans displayed their displeasure over Chicago’s strict pandemic restrictions and lockdown orders by booing the mayor during opening day ceremonies on Thursday.
The game marked the first return of fans to Wrigley Field since the pandemic began.
— Don Aleman (@DonAleman1) April 5, 2021
Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) attended the game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates to hand baseballs to Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, who then tossed the ceremonial first pitches.
When the Mayor’s name was called over the loudspeaker, the crowd reacted with loud boos.
Wrigley Field Is 20 Percent Back: Fans Return After A Year To Drink Beer, Watch Cubs, Boo The Mayor https://t.co/LFdGR7PQhW
— RedElph (@itzpms) April 3, 2021
The Chicago Tribune Cubs beat reporter Meghan Montemurro tweeted Thursday at Wrigley Field after Lightfoot’s name was announced:
“There are audible boos when Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is introduced before the Cubs game.”
There are audible boos when Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot is introduced before the Cubs game.
— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) April 1, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times beat reporter also noted the crowd’s reaction in a tweet:
Mayor Lori Lightfoot gets a big round of boos from fans here at Wrigley Field.
— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) April 1, 2021
The Democratic mayor was criticized by Chicagoans for strict lockdown orders, including asking residents to report businesses that were not following restrictions.
The mayor also angered her constituents when photos surfaced over the weekend showing the mayor after she got a haircut amid the state’s stay-at-home orders.
The photos, posted on social media by the hairstylist, showed the mayor and stylist standing close together without protective face masks.
— America is back! (@nancylee2016) May 5, 2020
Beauty and hair salons were among the many businesses shut down by pandemic restrictions.
The Mayor did not calm the anger from people when she said she needed the haircut because she was a public figure:
“I’m the public face of this city. I’m on national media, and I’m out in the public eye. I’m a person who, I take my personal hygiene very seriously. As I said, I felt like I needed to have a haircut.
“I think what really people want to talk about is, we’re talking about people dying here. We’re talking about significant health disparities. I think that’s what people care most about. The woman who cut my hair had a mask and gloves on, so we are, I am practicing what I’m preaching.”
— Amy Webb (@amywebb) April 1, 2021
Despite the negative reaction of the crowd at Wrigley Field, the mayor tweeted that she excited for the return of baseball:
“I’m thrilled for the return of baseball & fans in the stands—but the pandemic isn’t over. As exciting as this is, (and Dr. Arwady & Dr. Ezike would agree) masking & physical distancing is still critical. Let’s play ball (with CDC requirements in mind).”
I'm thrilled for the return of baseball & fans in the stands—but the pandemic isn't over. As exciting as this is, (and Dr. Arwady & Dr. Ezike would agree) masking & physical distancing is still critical.
Let’s play ball (with CDC requirements in mind)🐻⚾️.
📸Heidi Zeiger pic.twitter.com/Hk9iNyLXIc
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) April 1, 2021
The Cubs’ home opener marked the city’s first mass event since the pandemic began in 2020. Fans and employees had multiple restrictions to follow, including timed ticket entries, mandated mask-wearing, and a limit of 25% seat capacity.
10,343 fans were able to attend the game in the 41,000-seat stadium. Despite the displeasure with the Mayor and the Cub’s 5-3 loss in the four-hour game, fans were happy to be back to a small amount of normalcy.
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Illinois mayor busted after being caught eating inside St. Louis restaurant amid indoor dining ban in his town
December 15, 2021
BELLEVILLE, IL – The mayor of a town twenty miles southeast of the St Louis metro area is under fire and likely embarrassed after being seen in a St. Louis restaurant, dining indoors and without a mask, when his town, and most of his state has strict executive policies against those factors.
The mayor himself decreed that people couldn’t dine inside of restaurants, bars and grills in all of Illinois.
So Mayor Mark Eckert sneaked off to St Louis, where restrictions aren’t so strict. He is now apologizing, which seems to be the rule of thumb when a politician is caught violating rules that their constituents must obey.
Mayor Eckert attested that he was having a “spontaneous” meal on a “date night” with his wife, but residents in his town aren’t pleased with their chief administrator.
An image of Eckert inside Rigazzi’s on The Hill was posted to social media on Saturday night and was shared by many claiming Eckert was a hypocrite.
One comment stated:
“Our mayor can’t eat in his own town cause he’s shutting it all down. So he comes over to STL to eat.”
The mayor issued a written apology on Facebook, with a precursory statement that he had not planned to have dinner in St Louis and had been driving around looking at Christmas lights.
His Facebook post reads:
“On Saturday December 12th, my wife and I took a drive to look at Christmas lights. After driving through Belleville, we ventured across the river to St. Louis and enjoyed many of their displays.
“Before heading home, we decided to get some dinner. We found ourselves in The Hill area, and walked into Rigazzi’s. Had there been a long wait for a table, we might have ordered something to go, but they had a table for us in 5 minutes, and we felt comfortable with a table against a wall. We wore our masks when we weren’t seated.
“This was not a plan to sidestep the guidelines set by the State of Illinois. This was not meant to be anything other than a date night with my wife. We remarked as we sat at dinner that we could not remember the last time we had ended up on The Hill spontaneously.
Even pre Covid, anyone who knows me knows that I am diligent about supporting Belleville and I rarely go outside of Belleville to eat or shop. I frequent restaurants throughout our city, I prioritize supporting Belleville businesses, and I encourage my family to do the same. However, I realize that in my position optics are everything, and I regret my decision to eat in a restaurant at this time.
“Covid 19 is a very serious threat that has had a major impact on our community and every community throughout our state and the world. I take these warnings very seriously, and I should not have taken the risk to dine out.
“In recent days, the city of Belleville has issued 3 warning letters to businesses where we received calls about businesses who have not eliminated indoor dining.
This is not my mandate, but I am required to uphold restrictions set forth by the State of Illinois. The State has taken guidelines from health experts to establish restrictions that they believe will help reduce the spread of the virus.
“Going forward, I hope you will continue to join me supporting Belleville businesses. The City has been working hard to find more ways to help local businesses who are struggling at this time.
“Again, I apologize for this mistake. Especially to those in the service industry who are struggling at this time and the health care workers who are dealing with this crisis.”
Indoor dining at all bars and restaurants in Illinois has been banned by Governor J.B. Pritzker since November 20th. There is also a ban in place in St Louis County, but not inside the City of St Louis.
Reading the 690+ comments om Mayor Eckert’s Facebook post indicated that 99% of his constituents weren’t happy with him – and based on their anger, that factor may impact his re-election chances.
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