SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) — An Illinois judge has ruled against Gov. J.B. Pritzker's extension of the Stay-at-Home order after a lawsuit was filed by a downstate representative.
The lawsuit was largely seen as a publicity stunt by representative Darren Bailey. However, Clay County Circuit Court Judge McHaney has ruled against Governor Pritzker’s executive order, granting a restraining order to temporarily block the stay-at-home order set to take place on May 1.
This does not mean the current stay-at-home order has been lifted. Gov. Pritzker's legal team has a week to appeal the judge's ruling and Gov. Pritzker says this comes down to life or death.
He says Bailey's lawsuit is an insult to all Illinoisans who have been lost to this crisis.
"History will remember those who put politics aside to come together to keep people safe. It will also remember those who so blindly devoted to ideology and the pursuit of personal celebrity that they made an enemy of science and of reason," said Gov. Pritzker.
When asked about the order in his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Monday Gov. Pritzker said, "We are certainly going to act in a swift action to have this ruling overturned."
Judge McHaney ruled Gov. Pritzker's executive orders for the stay-at-home extensions shredded the constitution.
However, this would not mean all Illinois residents would be exempt from the stay-at-home order. Representative Bailey is the only citizen released from the order. Other residents would have to join his lawsuit or file their own.