A Clay County judge has ruled Governor JB Pritzker did not have the authority to extend Illinois' public health disaster declaration longer than its initial 30 days of business closures. The lawsuit was filed by downstate Rep. Darren Bailey, who claimed the governor exceeded his authority by shutting down non-essential businesses during the pandemic.
“One problem with the Governor’s approach was that he acted as though he knew better how people should behave. Instead of presenting facts and calling on people to respond in a collaborative way, hard and fast rules were imposed,” lawsuit filer Republican State Rep. Darren Bailey said in a statement released after the judge's ruling came down.
“Moving forward, I want to encourage everyone to practice common sense and caution. Use social distancing and take other personal precautions in dealing with others.”
Illinois is Open!— Darren Bailey (@DarrenBaileyIL) July 2, 2020
BREAKING: Judge Michael McHaney Just Ruled Against Illinois Governor Pritzker saying he “Cannot Restrict Freedoms”— Matt Couch 🎙 (@RealMattCouch) July 2, 2020
ILLINOIS IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS and the Judge has left the building for the Fourth of July Weekend! 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/qUH2LHiEXE
Judge rules Pritzker’s COVID-19 executive orders ‘void,’ state to appeal https://t.co/OT9zCZtOHd— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) July 2, 2020
Over 2 hours of debate in the Clay County Courthouse led to Judge Michael McHaney ruling Gov. JB Pritzker's executive orders since April 8 are void. @DarrenBaileyIL is celebrating a victory, but the case isn't over. The Pritzker administration plans to appeal the ruling. #twill pic.twitter.com/68nBcijxnm— Mike Miletich (@MikeMiletichTV) July 3, 2020
Gov. Pritzker’s Lockdown Orders Tossed; Individual Liberty Re-Established in Illinoishttps://t.co/KmkE0FRd3d— OmNav (@nav_om) July 2, 2020
Well ... we have a Pritzker on the Epstein island list. pic.twitter.com/CsHaTaD7t5— Betsy Hakey Russell (@betsy1954) July 3, 2020
"Giuffre said she had been directed by Epstein and Maxwell to have sex with prominent men, including Prince Andrew, former NM Gov. Bill Richardson, Alan Dershowitz, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell and Hyatt Hotels magnate Tom Pritzker, among others."https://t.co/yr0HDmJw1c— Michael Krieger (@LibertyBlitz) July 2, 2020