Illinois Lawmaker Wins Lawsuit To Not Have To Abide By State’s Stay-At-Home Order

(TheLibertyRevolution.Com)- An Illinois lawmaker filed, and won, an interesting lawsuit that could have ramifications across the state.
State Representative Darren Bailey, a Republican, sued the state’s Governor J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, saying he shouldn’t be subjected to Illinois’ stay-at-home order. Last week, the governor extended Illinois’ stay-at-home order another 30 days, through May 30.
In a statement, Bailey said:
“Enough is enough! I filed this lawsuit on behalf of myself and my constituents who are ready to go back to work and resume a normal life.”
Bailey won his lawsuit, as Michael McHaney, a judge for the Clay County Circuit Court, granted him a temporary restraining order that released him from Pritzker’s stay-at-home order.
For now, the restraining order only applies to Bailey, who represents Xenia, Illinois. However, the ruling could pave the way for other people to file similar lawsuits so they can resume “normal life” as well.
Following Monday’s ruling, Pritzker quickly responded that he plans to “fight this legal battle to the furthest extent possible, to ensure the public health and commonsense.” He said he plans to request an emergency stay of McHaney’s decision, and will also issue new directives in response to the coronavirus crisis throughout Illinois.
During a daily coronavirus briefing on Monday, Pritzker said:
“We are certainly going to act in a swift action to have this ruling overturned. Representative Bailey’s decision to go to the courts is an insult to all Illinoisans who have been lost during this COVID-19 crisis. It’s a danger to millions of people who might get ill because of his recklessness.”
Pritzker also said there is no logic to the argument that he shouldn’t be allowed to issue 30-day emergencies back-to-back, even though state law in Illinois is unclear whether a governor can immediately declare a second emergency immediately following an initial one.
“Disasters don’t evaporate on a 30-day timeframe,” Pritzker said. “Legislators took this into account when they wrote this law.”
According to a projection from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation — one of the leading coronavirus models being used — Illinois shouldn’t re-open their state until May 19 at the earliest. And that “safe opening date” only applies with containment measures in place.
The model projects that the state’s apex of COVID-19 cases was April 13 — as long as people continue to abide by social distancing measures. The model also projects 2,093 total deaths in the state due to COVID-19 by June 1.
As of April 27, Illinois had 45,883 total confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 1,983 deaths reported. Clay County, where Xenia is located in central Illinois, only has two confirmed cases thus far. The majority of confirmed cases — 31,953 — are in Cook County, where Chicago is located.
That’s part of the reasoning behind Bailey’s lawsuit — that his area and his county aren’t very affected by the coronavirus, so why should he have to abide by the stay-at-home restrictions. It’s an interesting battle between people wanting to return to normal life and people wanting to be safe not to spread the virus further.