Judge: Chicago Can’t Enforce Vaccine Mandate On Police Officers; Lightfoot Fumes | Beaufort County Now | A Cook County judge on Monday told Chicago leaders that they cannot force police officers to be vaccinated by year end, emphasizing that you can’t “undo a vaccine” and “meaningful arbitration” must commence.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    Publisher's Note: This older, but yet to be published post is finally being presented now as an archivable history of the current events of these days that will become the real history of tomorrow.

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Amanda Prestigiacomo.

    A Cook County judge on Monday told Chicago leaders that they cannot force police officers to be vaccinated by year end, emphasizing that you can't "undo a vaccine" and "meaningful arbitration" must commence.

    In a suit challenging the city's vaccination mandate, Judge Raymond Mitchell told Chicago Police Department's labor unions and city leaders to continue to negotiate an agreement on COVID requirements and restrictions, while staying the December 31 vaccination deadline for officers.

    There are "two competing public interests, but one interest need not be scuttled in favor of another," Judge Raymond Mitchell wrote in his ruling, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Mitchell said it was okay for the city to require officers to report their vaccination status and undergo testing for COVID but said that forcing the vaccination before continued arbitration is a no-go.

    "The reporting obligation itself is a minimal intrusion, particularly considering that police officers already are obligated to provide medical information to their employer," the judge wrote.

    "'Obey now, grieve later' is not possible," Mitchell emphasized. "If every union member complied and was vaccinated by December 31 ... they would have no grievance to pursue and there would be no remedy an arbitrator could award. An award of back pay or reinstatement cannot undo a vaccine. Nothing can."

    The judge added that it was his "intention is to enter to narrowest possible order to preserve the unions' right to a meaningful arbitration. The balance of the City's vaccination policy remains fully in effect, including the reporting and testing obligations."

    Democrat Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defiantly downplayed the ruling, stressing that the "mandate continues" and she's focused on "saving peoples' lives."

    "The mandate continues," Lightfoot said, according to the Sun-Times. "Our lawyers are looking at the judge's ruling. They're looking at what our legal options are. But what I know is, we cannot stop. ... This is about saving peoples' lives."

    The mayor then accused her opposition of telling "half-truths" and allowing people to "die" because they oppose the vaccination mandate.

    "How many more members have to die before you come to the table?" Lightfoot said. "If you're serious about it, come to the table every single day, starting today, and let's get a deal done."

    "What they're serious about is obstructing, obfuscating and telling half-truths. ... I do not want people to die in my city when there is a life-saving, free, safe vaccine readily available," the Democrat said.

    "If you look at what's happening in court cases all across the country - whether it's firemen, police or others that are challenging these mandates - I'm not aware of a single instance in which a mandate put in place has been invalidated," Lightfoot added. "The silent, overwhelming majority of folks in city government recognize the need for the vaccine and, frankly, don't want to work next to somebody who they don't know what their vaccine status is."

    The Daily Wire is one of America's fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.
Go Back


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

ERIC was created with money from Soros' Open Society Institute
As many as 10,000 cattle have died amid triple-digit temperatures in Kansas, and more livestock could perish over the next several days, according to reports.
The N.C. Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit challenging the Greenville red-light camera law as an unconstitutional local health act.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to answer questions on Monday about matters related to President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, including a newly released book and his foreign investments.
Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Democrats nationwide have been accusing the Supreme Court of taking rights from "women." Onlookers have confirmed this to be confusing, as it seems to suggest that Democrats do in fact know what a woman is.


President Joe Biden will sign a “historic” executive order Wednesday ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to expand efforts to increase the ability of Americans (including children) who identify as transgender to obtain sex-change surgeries.
Two new N.C. Supreme Court decisions set a 40-year maximum prison sentence for violent juvenile offenders, regardless of the number or severity of their crimes.
Intentional destruction of the USA
Retired NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slammed Los Angeles’ Lakers player LeBron James after James recently gloated over an opposing team by making an “obscene gesture,” saying that the truly greatest players of all time do not need to gloat.
A few days ago, as I was finishing shaving, my wife mentioned that she had an upset stomach. So I handed her 2 Tums and set the bottle down on the vanity counter facing our mirror.


The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it would hike interest rates by 0.75% — the boldest action since 1994.


Back to Top