Gov. J. B. Pritzker has been sued for illegally ordering Illinoisans to cower at home.
As I reported Wednesday, "Illinois Gov. Pritzker had no legal authority to lockdown businesses beyond April 9," citing research by Northbrook attorney Michael Ciesla.
The illegal action prompted GOP Illinois Sen. Darren Bailey of downstate Xenia to file a lawsuit, arguing that Pritzker is violating the civil rights of Illinois residents. (Read the full lawsuit here.)
Asked at a press conference (at which he extended the order with some modifications), a reporter asked Pritzker about the suit.
He brushed away that question, not addressing the substance of the suit or defending the substance of the suit. That latter, no doubt, because the lawsuit is a laydown, because he clearly violated the law.
Instead, he dragged in a red herring, saying, " “Frankly, I think a lawsuit about whether or not this is an emergency is — it’s a political maneuver at a time when we probably shouldn’t be dealing with politics but rather simply addressing the emergency.”
Not a clever dodge, Guv. No, Guv, this is about violating the law. We'll find out if the court will take this seriously at a Monday hearing.
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