Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) refused to say whether his wife, M.K. Pritzker, has stayed in the state during the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic and abiding by the state's "stay-at-home" order, which includes a request to not engage in non-essential travel.
Patch.com reported on Monday the Illinois first lady went to their $12-million equestrian estate in Wellington, Flordia. This comes after Pritzker extended the state's "stay-at-home" order. The Palm Beach County horse farm was purchased by a Pritzker-linked LLC the same week he won the governor's race in 2018.
The 6.44-acre farm includes 30 stalls in the stables, an oversized riding arena, a manager's apartment, and an owner's lounge among its more than 27,000 square feet of buildings.
Pritzker was asked where his wife was during a press conference on Wednesday.
“Where’s the First Lady? Is she accompanied by a state security detail? Has she engaged in non-essential travel? What is your response to people who say the stay-at-home order and non-essential travel bans aren’t abided by your family?" a reporter asked.
"Well, first of all, I want to say is that in politics it used to be that we kept our families out of it," Pritzker said with a hint of anger. "My official duties have nothing to do with my family. So, I’m just not going to answer that question. It's inappropriate and I find it reprehensible, honestly that, that a reporter wrote a story about it."
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports the state has had 50,355 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 2,215 as of Thursday.
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