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State Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, addresses the press over the weekend at a protest against the stay-at-home order at the steps of the Capitol building in Springfield during the COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo)

Illinois Clay County Judge rules against Governor JB Pritzker stay-at-home order

By Larry Atseff

A Clay County Circuit Court Illinois judge in Louisville, IL  ruled against Illinois Governor JB Pritzker in a lawsuit filed over the extension of the state’s stay-at-home order. The judge's order grants a restraining order to temporarily block the new stay-at-home restrictions that are about to take place on May 1.  Pritzker fired back in response to the decision: "It's insulting. It's dangerous. People's safety and health have now been put at risk."

State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) asserted the governor overextended his authority and is violating civil rights with the order. “My lawsuit asks the court to find that Gov. Pritzker overextended his power by issuing additional ‘stay at home’ orders after his original disaster proclamation, which expired on April 9th, 2020,” said Rep. Darren Bailey. “Enough is enough! I filed this lawsuit on behalf of myself and my constituents who are ready to go back to work and resume a normal life.”

Rep. Bailey says "... the unprecedented power and authority he wields under the current crisis calls for an immediate review and reconsideration of legislative intent."

Governor Pritzker proclaimed the original stay-at-home order on March 20. and was later  extended until the end of April on March 31. The full complaint is available here. A complete copy of a request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction filed by Bailey Thursday can be found here.

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