(11-17-20) Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has rudely turned down an invitation for him or someone from his staff to meet with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board on Thursday.
According to a pjstar.com story this afternoon –
IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said –
“The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) recognizes that today’s announcement by Governor Pritzker will temporarily pause the IHSA’s winter sports season. We remain optimistic that these new mitigations, coupled with the emergence of a vaccine, will aid in creating participation opportunities in the New Year for IHSA student-athletes in winter, spring, and summer sports. The IHSA Board of Directors will meet as scheduled on November 19, 2020, to continue plotting out potential paths for IHSA sport and activity participation through the remainder of the school year. Although representatives from the Governor’s office and the Illinois Department of Public Health will be unable to attend the meeting, today’s updated guidance from Governor Pritzker will aid the Board’s decision-making. We have asked Deputy Governor Ruiz and Dr. Ezike to engage with us in the near future, so that we can collaborate on developing a plan to safely conduct IHSA sports and activities as soon as possible. IHSA schools have been exemplary in adhering to state regulations throughout this pandemic and we hope that non-school programs will hold themselves to the same standard as we all put the long-term health and safety of our fellow citizens ahead of short-term athletic competition.”
“The IDPH and governor’s office have declined our invitation to join our board meeting, to talk about the basketball situation. They say they are not available. No representatives are coming. We have offered to schedule a meeting with them at a time they can attend, and they have not responded to us.”
Pritzker’s press secretary Jordan Abudayyeh released a statement –
The governor’s office “is incredibly busy responding to the second wave of coronavirus that has swept the midwest. IHSA and members of our administration have an open line of communication and have had one since the start of the pandemic response.
“The trajectory of this virus is not moving in the right direction and it would be premature for the administration to opine about the distant future when so much of the very near future will be dedicated to preventing further spread of this deadly virus and saving lives. Currently, any group activity where you interact with others poses a high risk due to alarmingly high positivity rates across the state.
“More than 1.1 million students are currently in remote learning and as the Governor has said, his first goal is to get students back in the classroom for in person instruction.”
Despite the Governor not showing up the IHSA Board will still meet as scheduled on Thursday to discuss the winter sports situation.
Other states have decided to stop winter sports, this weekend Michigan Governor Whitmer basically shut down the State of Michigan…that order suspended the current MHSAA volleyball and football playoffs and delayed the start of the winter sports starting on time.
When asked about a report that his wife and family have already left for Florida, Pritzker did not directly address the questions, instead saying,
“I think you already know we have a place in Florida. I don’t know exactly what my plans will be. But I’ll certainly, you know, be happy to share”