Pritzker calls lawsuit victory against stay-at-home order a ‘cheap, political stunt’

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — Earlier today, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker filed an appeal Tuesday after a state lawmaker challenged his stay-at-home order and won.

The appeal calls for a reversal of that ruling, and to dissolve Republican Rep. Darren Bailey’s temporary restraining order.

On Monday, Clay County Circuit Judge Michael McHaney issued a temporary injunction so Bailey could disregard the stay-at-home order.

“This was a cheap, political stunt,” said Prtizker on at his daily briefing, noting that the judge’s order applies only to Bailey himself.

Bailey, a Xenia resident, argued Pritzker did not have the authority to extend his stay at home order beyond the initial 30 days. He said the state already has a plan in place that the governor is ignoring.

In a national television appearance on the Today Show Tuesday morning, Pritzker said, “The suit itself was extraordinarily irresponsible. This state representative was looking to gain some celebrity for himself. He took it to a local court, to a local elected judge, and got the ruling that I think he knew he was going to get in that courtroom.”

“There were 90 people I’m told who were in that courtroom, all of whom seemed to be associated with that state rep,” Pritzker said. “They even seemed to have laughed when our Attorney General’s representatives talked about the fact that people will die if we lift this stay at home order. It’s abominable. It’s disgusting, frankly.”

“We will not let one irresponsible state representative deter us from success,” Pritzker said.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,219 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and 144 deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 48,102 cases, including 2,125 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois.


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