The DOJ has issued a statement in support of a lawsuit filed by an Illinois lawmaker against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at- order.
ABC 7 reported that state Rep. Darren Baily (R) alleged in his lawsuit that “Pritzker’s actions were unlawful because the stay-at-home order extended beyond the 30-day time period imposed by the legislature.” The DOJ agreed in its statement of interest, saying “the Governor exceeded his authority when issuing the executive order.”
This is what it is going to take to reopen the economy. The Democratic governors are enjoying their perceived new powers way too much.
“When the Department of Justice speaks, it is generally at least listened to, and I expect that the judge will read this very carefully and consider the arguments,” said ABC7 Legal Analyst Gil Soffer.
The governor’s spokesperson responded, saying, “It’s unfortunate the Department of Justice is opposing state efforts to protect the people of Illinois from a virus that has already caused the deaths of 4,750 people here.”
Bailey’s case is one of several that have challenged the governor’s power during the COVID-19 crisis.
Friday, the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Illinois weighing in on the case on Bailey’s behalf.
“However well-intentioned they may be, the executive orders appear to reach far beyond the scope of the 30-day emergency authority granted to the Governor under Illinois law,” said Steven D. Weinhoeft, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois in a statement. “Even during times of crisis, executive actions undertaken in the name of public safety must be lawful. And while the people of Illinois must be physically protected from the effects of this public health crisis, including by complying with CDC guidelines their constitutionally guaranteed rights and liberties must be safeguarded as well.” More
Interesting how those Deep Blue States like Illinois, New York, Michigan, and California seem to have the most incompetent governors. Plus they have higher death tolls than Red States.
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