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Bailey wants to see Gov. Pritzker in Clay County Jail for recent executive orders

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Springfield, IL - Rep. Darren Bailey filed a new court document in his lawsuit case against Gov. JB Pritzker Wednesday morning.

The Xenia Republican argues the governor has illegally issued executive orders since Clay County Judge Michael McHaney ruled against Pritzker on July 2. Bailey says Pritzker should rescind his most recent executive orders, or he'll temporarily land in Clay County Jail. The lawmaker is also asking the court to hold Pritzker liable for his attorney fees incurred during the period of "willful disregard" following the July 2 decision.

Pritzker responded to the latest filing during his daily press briefing.

"All I can say is the rulings out of Clay County have been ridiculous. There's no other court that has ruled as they have on the matter that they ruled on," Pritzker said. "And, in fact, there's a judge on Friday who specifically pointed to Clay County and said that the decision by that judge was bereft of any legal analysis. And I think that's accurate."

The Capitol Bureau also asked the Attorney General's Office for a statement on the case. Their spokesperson said, "no comment."

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