Illinois: Judge Rules Governor Lacks the Power to Keep Citizens Under Lockdown!

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Clay County Judge Michael McHaney ruled that the 30 days of emergency powers provided to Democrat Governor Pritzker by state law lapsed on April 8 and any executive orders afterward related to COVID-19 are void! The ruling said the state constitution did not allow Pritzker “to restrict a citizen’s movement or activities and/or forcibly close business premises.” In May, Governor Pritzker warned small business owners that if they try to reopen their businesses they could face up to a year in prison. Pritzker has used the disaster proclamations to restrict the re-opening of the state.

In response, Republican Representative Darren Bailey won a lawsuit for a restraining order against Governor Pritzker in April, which was granted by the same judge, thus nullifying COVID-19 regulations for Bailey. The Illinois Supreme Court declined to intervene for Pritzker. Bailey then refiled the lawsuit to include all residents and businesses, and Judge McHaney sided with Bailey, nullifying the governor’s executive orders that were issued after the 30-day emergency had expired.

The Illinois Attorney General’s office is expected to appeal. In a separate case, a federal judge ruled in Pritzker’s favor, denying the Republican Party’s request to temporarily block the governor’s limit on gatherings from applying to political parties.

A county judge has ruled Gov. J.B. Pritzker exceeded his authority by extending the state’s public health disaster declaration beyond the first 30 days in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The impact of Thursday’s ruling by a judge from southern Illinois’ Clay County wasn’t immediately clear as the governor’s office maintains other courts have upheld his orders.

Clay County Judge Michael McHaney ruled that the 30 days of emergency powers provided to the governor by state law lapsed on April 8 and any executive orders afterward related to COVID-19 are void. The ruling said the state constitution did not allow Pritzker “to restrict a citizen’s movement or activities and/or forcibly close business premises.”

The lawsuit was filed by Republican state Rep. Darren Bailey of Xenia, who was removed from a legislative session in May when he refused to wear a face mask.

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“Cannot Restrict Freedoms” – Illinois Judge Voids Governor Pritzker’s Coronavirus Lockdown Orders

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Gourdhead
Gourdhead
29 days ago

Good deal. I think this scam has about run it’s course.

Caro
Caro
28 days ago

I agree with the judge that extending emergency powers beyond the 30 days given the data show no real pandemic is valid. Governors in many states are taking advantage of this virus to restrict citizens with draconian laws. Bravo to this brave judge.

Catlady
Catlady
28 days ago

Finally someone with a backbone AND upholding our rights of freedom…….need MORE judges who uphold our laws…..this virus is MORE a mental disease than a physical flu(mho). Since this is a HUGE election year, what are facts and what is political fiction???