Anti-LGBTQ state lawmaker sues over shelter-in-place order

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St. Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Louisville)
St. Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) (Photo via Facebook)

LOUISVILLE, Ill. — State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) has filed a lawsuit over Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s extended and modified stay at home order.

Bailey has in the past opposed the state’s Inclusive Curriculum Act and opposed the inclusion of transgender medical care by Illinois Medicaid.

The Associated Press reported that Bailey claims in the lawsuit filed in Clay County Circuit Court that Pritzker has exceeded his authority and is violating the civil rights of the state’s residents.

On Thursday, Pritzker extended the shelter-in-place order until May 30. He also said some of the restrictions would be gradually relaxed.

Businesses that had been closed because they were not essential would be allowed to take phone and online orders with curbside pickup. Greenhouses and garden centers would be able to operate with social distancing measures and that state parks could be phased open for activities such as hiking or fishing.

“Enough is enough!” Bailey said in a statement. “I filed this lawsuit on behalf of myself and my constituents who are ready to go back to work and resume a normal life.”

As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of 36,934 cases, including 1,688 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois.

According to the AP, Bailey said the power and authority Pritzker wields in the current crisis “calls for an immediate review and reconsideration of legislative intent.”

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