Pritzker broke the law, but no big deal, right?

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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  • Can you say 'frivolous lawsuit'?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Civil rights are not frivolous to some.

  • Anyone with $306 can file a lawsuit in Clay County, Illinois. It proves nothing. We'll have to see what the courts say before we can declare that Pritzker "broke the law."

  • On a side note that is sure to bring lawsuits, what of the "essential" and "non-essential" business classifications? Apparently, garden centers and pet grooming establishments are now slotted into the essential category. What are these classifications based on? Where is the much-vaunted "science" behind these decisions? Who are the scientists? Who is deciding essential and non-essential, and why does it change now when Illinois' positive rates are rising? I'm sure the owner of a garden center is sitting around after losing weeks of business and saying, "WTF?"

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Even if Sen. Bailey wins his lawsuit, it will not address your complaints. The issue Bailey is raising in his complaint is one of statutory construction, not of civil right. He is picking up on Michael Ciesla's theory, which Dennis and I discussed last week, that Governor Pritzker has only one crack at an emergency degree under 20 ILCS 3305/7. So, it is argued that his March 20 decree is that one crack and his April 1 order was invalid, as will his one of May 1.
    There will be a hearing on a motion for a temporary injunction tomorrow afternoon.

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    Not frivolous. By allowing Pritzker to get away with this it allows future governors legal precedent to do the same for whatever reason.

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