Republican State Rep. Darren Bailey won freedom from Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s extension through May 30, 2020 of the statewide coronavirus stay-at-home order when Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney granted a restraining order.
"Enough is enough!" Bailey said in a statement. "I filed this lawsuit on behalf of myself and my constituents who are ready to go back to work and resume a normal life.”
On Monday, the judge ruled in favor of Rep. Bailey’s claim that Gov. Pritzker’s order violates his civil rights, NBC News Chicago reports:
“The ruling comes after Bailey, a Republican from Xenia, Illinois, filed a lawsuit claiming Pritzker exceeded his authority and violated the civil rights of the state’s residents. Pritzker on Thursday extended his stay-at-home order through May 30 as the highly contagious coronavirus continued to spread and infect thousands across the state.”
While the restraining order applies only to Rep. Bailey – leaving his fellow Illinois citizens trapped - it may provide the precedent that they need to successfully sue for their freedom from the governor’s edict.
Pritzker has vowed to fight the judge’s decision.