Judge rules against state coronavirus stay-at-home order

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LOUISVILLE — A judge in southern Illinois ruled against Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home executive order on Monday.

WGN-TV reported that Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney issued a restraining order against the executive order extending shelter in place until the end of May. McHaney issued the order in relation to the lawsuit filed by State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) against Pritzker.

Bailey alleged in his lawsuit that Pritzker had exceeded his emergency authority by extending the order for more than 30 days. McHaney, agreed according the TV station.

Given word of the ruling during his daily briefing in Chicago on the state’s response to COVID-19, Pritzker accused Bailey, a Xenia resident, of being “blindly devoted to ideology and the pursuit of personal celebrity.”

“It’s insulting. It’s dangerous and people’s safety and health have now been put at risk,” Pritzker told WGN during the briefing. “There may be people who contract coronavirus as a result of what Darren Bailey has done.”

According to the station, the restraining order only applies to Bailey but does open the door for other individuals and organizations to do the same.

Bailey didn’t return calls from WGN asking for comment.

As of Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting a total of 45,883 cases, including 1,983 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 12,676 specimens for a total of 227,628. IDPH recorded 1,980 new cases of COVID-19, including 50 additional deaths for Monday.

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