Pritzker, Crown among Chicago leaders taking a stand, voicing concern
January 30th, 2017
Yes, that was J.B. Pritzker, the billionaire entrepreneur, protesting President Donald’ Trump’s executive order to ban immigrants at O’Hare International Airport over the weekend.
His sign read, “No Hate! No Fear! Immigrants are welcome here!”
Friend and adviser Dave Lundy says he and Pritzker were texting back and forth Sunday about their concerns that green-card holders were being detained “and how our grandparents and great grandparents would have been turned away.” Within minutes, added Lundy, they decided to go join the protest at international terminal 5.
The issue is especially important to Pritzker, whose grandfather, Nicholas, immigrated to this country to escape Russian pogroms. His family’s history was pivotal in him leading the effort to build the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.