Court Blocks Illinois Governor From Extending Stay-At-Home Order

Sandy Malone

An Illinois court issued a temporary restraining order to stop Gov. J.B. Pritzker from extending the stay-at-home order.

Springfield, IL – An Illinois judge issued a restraining order to stop the governor from extending the state’s stay-at-home order that is due to expire on Friday.

Republican Illinois State Representative Darren Bailey filed a lawsuit in Clay County Circuit Court that accused Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s of exceeding his authority and violating the civil rights of residents on Thursday when he extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 30, WMAQ reported.

Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney granted a restraining order that will temporarily put a halt to the governor’s planned lockdown extension.

Pritzker’s latest executive order allowed for some outdoor activities and some earlier-banned surgeries and medical treatments to resume, and it also allowed some retail businesses to re-open to fill online or pickup orders, WMAQ reported.

However, the governor has ordered everyone older than two years old to wear face coverings in public.

"Enough is enough!" Bailey said in a statement. "I filed this lawsuit on behalf of myself and my constituents who are ready to go back to work and resume a normal life.”

The representative called for “an immediate review and reconsideration of legislative intent” with regard to the power and authority given to the governor during an emergency, WMAQ reported.

Pritzker pushed back on Monday during his daily coronavirus press briefing and said the temporary restraining order wouldn’t stop him.

"We are certainly going to act in a swift action to have this ruling overturned," the governor said.

He said he would simply issue new public health directive in place of the stay-at-home order, WMAQ reported.

"Representative Bailey’s decision to go to the courts is an insult to all Illinoisans who have been lost during this COVID-19 crisis,” Pritzker said. “It’s a danger to millions of people who might get ill because of his recklessness. Disasters don’t evaporate on a 30-day timeframe. Legislators took this into account when they wrote this law.”

“We will fight this lawsuit to the furthest means possible,” the governor vowed. “In the interim, we will be issuing new public health directives so we can respond to this public health crisis."

As of April 27, 45,883 residents of Illinois have tested positive for coronavirus and 1,983 have died, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

It's really fascinating and concerning how much power one person can have...

  • The governor with his orders.
  • The representative that filed the lawsuit.
  • The judge who sided with the representative.

It's quite interesting. Each of these actions affects so many people. All three branches of government are involved.

In the end, Liberty has got to prevail. It might take a while.

DarrellB
DarrellB

Yet every single year five to six times as many people died from influenza and the government and the people don't seem to bat an eye.
The social distancing and increased hygiene seem to be working because the people all around me don't even have the sniffles.

Mo_
Mo_

Thank you for this news. I live in the hellhole of Chicago & can't stand this anymore. And how on earth are you supposed to keep a mask on a 2 year old?! Enough already!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I can't wait to get the hell out of Illinois. The governor is a pure liberal asshole. Just because Chicago is filled with ghetto trash, who laugh at any type of compliance (especially the stay at home rules) and has become a hotbed for the virus, doesn't mean the rural communities should be subject to the same draconian measures. I am an "at risk" person, so I understand the rules and am glad they are in place, but southern Illinois doesn't have the problem Chicago has and should not be subject to the same blanket restrictions. This is why Trump is leaving it up to the governors to regulate. This whole business is making me think of retiring to montana, instead of Texas or Arizona.

Stanracer
Stanracer

It's no wonder that the US has the highest number of Covid-19 related deaths in the world.👎🤔

SmileAndWave
SmileAndWave

Go ahead and end all stay at home orders, Darwinism will take over.

LEO-Retired
LEO-Retired

I have a question: In Illinois, how long did it take for 1,983 to become murder victims? I'd say somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 years, with Chicago's able assistance.

Forbidden
Forbidden

only if Michigan could do the same...it sucks here


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