Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot received an unpleasant reception from fans on Thursday as they performed for the Chicago White Sox home opener at the Guaranteed Rate Field.
Pritzker and Lightfoot were greeted by a chorus of boos as they walked onto the field in front of the first pitch. A reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times noted that Democratic politicians drew more boos as they walked the field than White Sox opponent, the Kansas City Royals.
About 9,000 fans were required to attend the team’s first home game of the 2021. Season participation in White Sox home games is currently limited to 22% capacity to comply with coronavirus-related restrictions.
Lightfoot, who has served as Chicago mayor since 201
Lightfoot has been the subject of criticism from both sides of the aisle during its tenure. In a recent column, the Chicago Tribune noted that the mayor “has not yet fulfilled the key campaign promises,” such as a promise to implement an elected school board.
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Like Democratic governors in several other states, Pritzker has been criticized for imposing harsh restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The governor defended his handling of the crisis while unveiling his state budget proposal in February.
“All of this was in pursuit of a goal and only one goal – to save as many lives as possible,” Pritzker was quoted as saying by the Chicago Tribune.