Judge Rules Governor’s Order Violates Constitution

Illinois’ stay-at-home extension exceeds governor’s authority.

Illinois State Representative Darren Bailey filed a motion last week to prevent Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker “from taking any action… which orders Darren Bailey to stay at home, or at his place of residence, as well as limiting his ability to travel within the state.”

Bailey said he “filed this lawsuit on behalf of myself and my constituents who are ready to go back to work and resume a normal life.”

Clay County Circuit  Court Judge Michael McHaney granted the order.  He said the governor’s order exceeds his authority and violates individual civil rights. He added that the governor’s statewide stay-at-home order extension “shredded the Constitution.”

The governor had been operating under an April 12 statewide disaster declaration as authority to close non-essential businesses and force residents to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The judge’s ruling applies only to Bailey who said, “What’s going on is actually that our governor… is threatening the very constitutionality of the land that we live in by taking actions on himself.”

The governor responded to the judge’s ruling by accusing Bailey of wanting attention and said that he is putting people’s health at risk.

The judge’s ruling opens the door to similar lawsuits from other residents who oppose the stay-at-home extension.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • About the door being opened for lawsuits across the country to disallow stay-at-home orders issued by state governors.
  • For people everywhere who are frustrated and eager to get the nation’s economy moving again.
  • For those who have been furloughed or laid off, who have not yet received stimulus money or are being denied unemployment claims, and are under extreme financial stress.

Sources: Washington Examiner, National Review


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