A local lawyer and tavern owner compared Governor JB Pritzker to Adolf Hitler on a Facebook post in which the Jewish governor is portrayed as a German dictator.
“Caution!” reads Tim Timoney, owner of The Corner Pub and Grill, “The Guide Has Spoken!”
The publication includes a doctoral photo of Pritzker, which makes it appear that the governor has a toothbrush mustache and a haircut reminiscent of the hairstyle of the dictator, or perhaps that of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. In addition to the treated photo, there are government orders in place to cease indoor service in bars and restaurants and otherwise restrict public gatherings to keep the pandemic under control.
Timoney’s Facebook page also includes a posting of a photo that has gained prominence online, allegedly showing the governor’s daughter dining at a restaurant against state rules. The governor has said his daughter is not in the photo, first published by Chicago City Wire, an online publication with obvious links to a statewide series of hundreds of online newspapers set up by conservative interests, The Conservative Politicians and Cause Promote To A Story By 2019 Columbia Journalism Review. The Chicago City Wire story quotes Twitter users but does not say who took the photo or when and when the picture was taken.
“It wasn’t her,” said the governor on Tuesday.
In addition to the photo, Timoney, who works as Logan County’s public defender, has republished an offer from attorney Thomas DeVore, who has represented restaurants and other businesses in a previously unsuccessful attempt to abolish government orders that close and restrict businesses. DeVore’s offer of $ 1,000 to any journalist who provided a photo of Pritzker “celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends” was reprimanded by the governor during a press conference Tuesday. Let my family out of here, said the governor, recognizing that his wife and daughter will be in Florida indefinitely and that they will stay there while he celebrates the Chicago vacation with his son.
“I was elected to this job and while I don’t think this should be accompanied by any fear for my health and safety, I accept that sometimes it is,” said Pritzker, who spoke out against protesters last spring Orders protested when Hitler was portrayed closing shops. “I am an adult. And I can deal with people who throw my face up on anti-Semitic strike post signs that compare me to Hitler. This type of vitriol is apparently what I have to deal with in order to protect the state and its people. But my children – my children are taboo. … (A) A well-known lawyer who cares more about headlines than winning cases posted a bounty on his Facebook page offering money to molest my family on Thanksgiving. A real cash bonus including my kids harassing them. My high school kids. ”
Timoney could not be immediately reached for comment on his portrayal of the governor as Hitler and his republication of the photo misnamed by the governor and DeVore’s $ 1,000 offer. The governor’s office did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.
Timoney previously drew attention to posts on a private Facebook page. According to a story published in the State Journal Register last year, when Timoney was going for associate judgeship in 2017, he published a story about a Chicago fire department lieutenant who shot and killed a teenage carjacker and wrote, “I think this one Punk has learned its lesson. Concealed Carry: Crime reduction, punk for punk. “According to the 2019 SJ-R story, Timoney, former leader of the Sangamon County Democratic Party, wrote,” Sounds more like animals being let out of their cages. We Must Bring Back Law and Order ”when we publish a story about groups that attacked people on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
Timoney, who once ran for Sangamon County District Attorney, defended these remarks in SJ-R’s story, saying that any criticism of his online opinions would offend him. He also told the newspaper that he hadn’t written anything that would affect his ability to be a good judge. “The reality is that this is an associate judge position,” Timoney told the newspaper. “It’s not the United States Supreme Court.” He didn’t get the appointment.
Public defenders serve for the delight of judges. McLean County Circuit Court Judge Mark Fellheimer, who is the chief judge of the judiciary that includes Logan County, where Timoney represents defendants at public expense, did not immediately return a phone message.
Timoney was a prominent face as the local bar and restaurant owners suffer from business losses due to the pandemic. Along with several state lawmakers, he spoke at a news conference on October 29, just before the city and county passed a short-lived plan to keep bars and restaurants open that fell apart as new cases skyrocketed. During a city council meeting on Nov. 3, Timoney was invited to speak by council members but declined, saying he was there to gather information and report to other bar and restaurant owners.
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