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Governor Pritzker Keeps Low Profile While Visiting White County

Governor J.B. Pritzker is interested in what’s going on and the concerns of southern and southeastern Illinois residents, according to at least one area farmer.  We caught up with Patrick Scates of Scates Farms on Friday afternoon to discuss exactly why the Governor made the trip to White County.

Aside from agriculture obviously, Scates says Pritzker’s other topics of interest were healthcare, schools, and infrastructure.  Specifically with regards to ag, Scates says Dicamba was a hot topic.

Another subject was ethanol and moving from an E15 to an E20 standard.  Though it wasn’t a public event, there were representatives from Illinois Corn and the Illinois Soybean Association. All told, Scates says there were just over 30 people in attendance and there were representatives from White, Hamilton, Saline, and Gallatin Counties.

Many folks throughout southern Illinois regularly talk about how they don’t feel heard.  Questioned as to whether he thought Governor Pritzker was listening, Scates says…

On schools, Scates says they wanted Pritzker to know about the shape of schools especially the Carmi – White County buildings.

At the end of the day, it was an opportunity for southeastern Illinois voices in the administration’s ear according to Scates.


  1. wilma thomas
    wilma thomas
    August 30, 2021 at 10:18 am

    I wish I had known he was here – I would have liked to attend the meeting.

  2. Steve Knight
    Steve Knight
    August 30, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    They did not publicly notify the public because they know that most good southern Illinois can not stand this man and he doesn’t care about us down here only the power he has in cook County. The public should have been told that he was coming

  3. Jack
    August 30, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    It would have been a great day to peacefully protest against him.

  4. Ron Garlick
    Ron Garlick
    August 31, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Why didn’t he talk to the small farmers instead of corporate farmers. Evidently Scates has Some hand in something Pritzker is conjuring up. Just wait and see. That’s why it was not announced publicly. Would of been a good time to talk about the mask mandate.

  5. Michael Champion
    Michael Champion
    August 31, 2021 at 8:33 am

    The only reason why J.B. Flintstone would show his face in this neck of the woods, is the Scates family is one of the biggest family-owned farms in the state. Bottom line; big money.

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