Pritzker pulls back on emergency order penalties

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker during his press conference on Monday, May 11. (Screenshot)

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has taken back an emergency rule that would let businesses get charged with a felony if they opened during quarantine.

The proposed rule, which would have been under Illinois Department of Public Health rules, got strong push back from across the state.

The State Journal-Register reported that the move avoids a confrontation with the Illinois GOP which wanted to block the rule.

According to the newspaper, Pritzker contended that charging a business with a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine between $75 and $2,500, was less harmful that other actions such as taking away a business licenses. Republicans, however, said he was criminalizing people for opening their businesses.

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