Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

Pritzker may win with spin

Spread the love

By Ray Hanania

Governor JB Pritzker is planning to run for president in 2024.

Actually, the proper way to report that is to say Pritzker is planning to “buy” the Democratic nomination for president in 2024, the same way he bought the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor in 2018.

Pritzker has been spinning negatives into positives all his life, and he’ll definitely figure out how to spin Illinois’ bottom-of-the-barrel rankings as one of the worst states when it comes to rising crime, high taxes, poor education and the bad economy, the things voters care about in most other states.

It starts with his name. Pritzker uses the initials “JB” rather than “J.R.” — his name is Jay Robert, named after his father’s two brothers, Jay Arthur and Robert Alan Pritzker.

RayHanania 1

Ray Hanania

I don’t blame Pritzker for adjusting the initials from J.R. to JB. Born in 1965, Pritzker grew up in California and later attended the Massachusetts boarding school Milton Academy.

The initials J.R. would have not been so great for a young person. Pritzker grew up when “Dallas” reigned as one of the most popular TV programs (1978-1991). The series starred Larry Hagman, who played J.R. Ewing, the quintessential bad guy who drank and cheated on his wife, Sue Ellen, played by Linda Gray. The initials J.R. symbolized an evil, vicious person.

When J.R. Ewing was shot at the end of season two (1979-80), most wanted to know “Who shot J.R.?” mainly, I think, to thank the suspect. The shooter turned out to be J.R.’s mistress and scheming TV sister-in-law, Kristin Shepard (Mary Crosby), the alleged mother of his child. (Talk about bad!)

The “Who Shot J.R.” mystery even played in the 1980 presidential campaign between former California Governor Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter.

Of course, JB Pritzker might want to remember that the independent candidate in that election, Congressman J.B. Anderson, only got 6.6% of the vote.

Using JB instead of J.R. shows you Pritzker knew how to take the bad and spin it into good, which is how he managed to buy himself into the Springfield office over several better qualified candidates, including Chris Kennedy, in the March 2018 Illinois Democratic gubernatorial primary battle.

As a presidential candidate, Pritzker is going to want to showcase his achievements during his four years in office; and for the life of me, I am not sure what those achievements are. In all likelihood, Pritzker will be re-elected (purchased) as governor this November.

In running for president, Pritzker will have to spin Illinois’ downward spiraling ranking into a positive. I can only imagine what his presidential campaign talking points will be.

  • “Illinois was headed to becoming the worst state when it comes to crime and violence. I stopped that from happening. Proud to be 48, or third from the worst. We could have been 49 or 50!”
  • “Crime in Illinois? That’s why I will legalize abortion as president.”
  • “People compare Illinois to Afghanistan, a beautiful country with a great history, if we look past and ignore the Taliban. Illinois has given the people what the Taliban can’t provide in Afghanistan, an excuse for the violence.”
  • “There’s MORE violence in Illinois than the 47 other states. But I always learned that MORE is better than LESS!”
  • “I grew up in wealthy privilege, which is why I believe that being a successful billionaire living in a crime-ridden state proves I know how to succeed. It also helps me know what it’s like to live with less privilege. That’s my sacrifice for the people of Illinois.”
  • “Illinois ranks as the 47th worst state when it comes to crime! That’s better than being 50th!”
  • “Being called ‘crime ridden’ by former President Trump is like being called ugly by a pig! I take it as a badge of pride to be attacked by Trump. Fight Trumpism. Vote for Pritzker!”
  • “People don’t cause crime. Guns cause crime. That’s why I propose a law to jail the guns, not people. Put guns, not people, in prison. That’s the true meaning of gun control.”
  • “Having the highest homicide rates in the state and nation, Chicago and Cook County gives me the most experience.”

Oh, the good old days of American politics. Don’t you miss them?

Check out Ray Hanania’s columns and political podcasts at hanania.com.

Local News

CRRNH_KimHughes01_020123

She kept her promise

Spread the love

Spread the love. . By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] . Never underestimate a woman’s love for her man. Gary and Kimberly Hughes met in 1996. They fell in love and were wed in 1998. They bought a home near 61st and Natchez and were on their way…

Palos School District 128 has launched a Therapy Dog visitation program for students at Navajo Elementary and Independence Jr. High in Palos Heights. (Supplied photos)

District 128 schools are going to the dogs and the kids love it

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Kelly White Pet therapy has also been shown to improve energy levels, self-esteem, social skills, verbal communication and mood, as well as decrease depression. Palos Heights School District 128 made the decision to bring pet therapy into the classroom to help both its students and staff reap these benefits while enjoying the…

Michael Benjamin has a laugh after being named Orland Park’s Officer of the Year during a ceremony on Jan. 16. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park cops honored and defended

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva The Village of Orland Park hosted its police awards ceremony last week and, as usual, Mayor Keith Pekau expressed his gratitude for the job the police force does. He also was irked by some comments he has seen online with negative comments on a post. On Jan. 7, Orland police…

Chicago Police Department

Warn of burglars in Garfield Ridge

Spread the love

Spread the loveFrom staff reports A cluster of residential burglaries in Garfield Ridge has prompted police to issue a warning to the community. Crime scenes include: 5200 block of South Normandy on Jan. 1. 5600 block of South Mobile on Jan. 7. 5300 block of South Mason on Jan. 10. 6000 block of West 60th Street…

Sean Casten

Casten scolds sheriff on new gun control law

Spread the love

Spread the loveSays he can’t pick which laws to enforce By Tim Hadac U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-6th) and several other Democratic members of the state’s Congressional delegation recently sent a letter to DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, expressing concern over his Jan. 13 statement that he will not enforce the Protect Illinois Communities Act…

Muhammad

Bust accused shooter in Clearing

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Tim Hadac Chicago Police and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force visited Clearing late last month to apprehend a man wanted in connection with a West Side shooting. Shaheer Muhammad, 24 of the 3800 block of West Grenshaw, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at a home in the 6000 block…

illinois income tax form - Copy

2023 Illinois tax filing season now open

Spread the love

Spread the loveFrom staff reports The Illinois Department of Revenue began accepting 2022 state individual income tax returns on Monday, the same date that the Internal Revenue Service began accepting federal individual income tax returns. “Taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically as early as possible in the tax season and choose direct deposit in order…

Palos Park Police Officer Ross Chibe, shown at a village council meeting in 2021, and the Palos Park force are staying on top of a sextortion scam that has become prevalent. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park tries to stay ahead of the curve on sextortion scams

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva The Palos Park Police Department is trying to stay ahead of a disturbing trend that has not been talked about publicly very much. When it comes to the topic of sextortion scams, the Palos Park police are monitoring things very closely and Detective Ross Chibe was called on to provide…

palos heights police logo

Former hospital employee charged in Palos Heights identity theft

Spread the love

Spread the loveFrom staff reports A Hazel Crest man was charged last week with aggravated identity theft stemming from an incident that happened on December 27. Palos Heights police took a report on December 27 from a patient at Northwestern Palos Hospital who reported their wallet was missing and then observed two unauthorized charges on…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound January 25, 2023

Spread the love

Spread the love

Neighbors

DVN JCs Restoration House Ad
CRRNH_KimHughes01_020123

She kept her promise

Spread the love

Spread the love. . By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] . Never underestimate a woman’s love for her man. Gary and Kimberly Hughes met in 1996. They fell in love and were wed in 1998. They bought a home near 61st and Natchez and were on their way…

Palos School District 128 has launched a Therapy Dog visitation program for students at Navajo Elementary and Independence Jr. High in Palos Heights. (Supplied photos)

District 128 schools are going to the dogs and the kids love it

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Kelly White Pet therapy has also been shown to improve energy levels, self-esteem, social skills, verbal communication and mood, as well as decrease depression. Palos Heights School District 128 made the decision to bring pet therapy into the classroom to help both its students and staff reap these benefits while enjoying the…

Michael Benjamin has a laugh after being named Orland Park’s Officer of the Year during a ceremony on Jan. 16. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park cops honored and defended

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva The Village of Orland Park hosted its police awards ceremony last week and, as usual, Mayor Keith Pekau expressed his gratitude for the job the police force does. He also was irked by some comments he has seen online with negative comments on a post. On Jan. 7, Orland police…

Chicago Police Department

Warn of burglars in Garfield Ridge

Spread the love

Spread the loveFrom staff reports A cluster of residential burglaries in Garfield Ridge has prompted police to issue a warning to the community. Crime scenes include: 5200 block of South Normandy on Jan. 1. 5600 block of South Mobile on Jan. 7. 5300 block of South Mason on Jan. 10. 6000 block of West 60th Street…

Sean Casten

Casten scolds sheriff on new gun control law

Spread the love

Spread the loveSays he can’t pick which laws to enforce By Tim Hadac U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-6th) and several other Democratic members of the state’s Congressional delegation recently sent a letter to DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, expressing concern over his Jan. 13 statement that he will not enforce the Protect Illinois Communities Act…

Muhammad

Bust accused shooter in Clearing

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Tim Hadac Chicago Police and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force visited Clearing late last month to apprehend a man wanted in connection with a West Side shooting. Shaheer Muhammad, 24 of the 3800 block of West Grenshaw, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at a home in the 6000 block…

illinois income tax form - Copy

2023 Illinois tax filing season now open

Spread the love

Spread the loveFrom staff reports The Illinois Department of Revenue began accepting 2022 state individual income tax returns on Monday, the same date that the Internal Revenue Service began accepting federal individual income tax returns. “Taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically as early as possible in the tax season and choose direct deposit in order…

Palos Park Police Officer Ross Chibe, shown at a village council meeting in 2021, and the Palos Park force are staying on top of a sextortion scam that has become prevalent. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park tries to stay ahead of the curve on sextortion scams

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva The Palos Park Police Department is trying to stay ahead of a disturbing trend that has not been talked about publicly very much. When it comes to the topic of sextortion scams, the Palos Park police are monitoring things very closely and Detective Ross Chibe was called on to provide…

palos heights police logo

Former hospital employee charged in Palos Heights identity theft

Spread the love

Spread the loveFrom staff reports A Hazel Crest man was charged last week with aggravated identity theft stemming from an incident that happened on December 27. Palos Heights police took a report on December 27 from a patient at Northwestern Palos Hospital who reported their wallet was missing and then observed two unauthorized charges on…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound January 25, 2023

Spread the love

Spread the love

DVN First United Realtors House Ad
DVN Very Gentle Dental Care House Ad