Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker
A southern Illinois judge on Thursday voided Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Coronavirus lockdown orders.
The Illinois Attorney General’s office is expected to appeal.
Pritzker first declared a statewide disaster because of Coronavirus back in early March and continued to issue 30 day extensions — he has used the disaster proclamations in his restrictions in each ‘reopening phase’ dubbed “Restore Illinois.”
Recall, back in April Republican Rep. Darren Bailey sought a restraining order against Governor Pritzker and Clay County Circuit Judge Michael McHaney sided with him personally.
Pritzker appealed back in May, however the Illinois Supreme Court declined to intervene.
Rep. Bailey then withdrew and refiled the lawsuit to include all residents and businesses.
Judge Michael McHaney on Thursday said state law does not give governors the authority to extend disaster proclamations past 30 days or activities and businesses via executive order.
BREAKING: Judge Michael McHaney Just Ruled Against Illinois Governor Pritzker saying he “Cannot Restrict Freedoms”
ILLINOIS IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS and the Judge has left the building for the Fourth of July Weekend!
— Matt Couch
(@RealMattCouch) July 2, 2020
Via The Chicago Tribune:
A southern Illinois judge on Thursday declared void Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s orders aimed at slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, saying state law doesn’t allow governors to extend disaster proclamations beyond 30 days or restrict the activities of residents and businesses by executive order.
The immediate implications of Clay County Circuit Judge Michael McHaney’s order, which stemmed from a lawsuit filed by state Rep. Darren Bailey, were not clear.
“That’s gone as we stand here right now,” said Bailey’s attorney, Thomas DeVore.
“This is a victory for freedom. This is a victory for the people of
Source: The Gateway Pundit