Judge rules Pritzker’s pandemic orders constitutional
SPRINGFIELD — A Sangamon County judge has ruled that Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive orders at the start of the coronavirus pandemic were constitutional.
WGEM, an NBC affiliate in the Quad Cities, on Tuesday reported that Judge Raylene Grischow ruled Monday against Clay County Judge Michael McHaney’s July 2 judgment that the governor did not have the authority to issue disaster proclamations and executive orders during the pandemic.
State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) filed the lawsuit over Pritzker’s extended and modified stay at home order back in April at the start of the pandemic..
Bailey has in the past opposed the state’s Inclusive Curriculum Act and opposed the inclusion of transgender medical care by Illinois Medicaid.
Grischow said the state’s police powers do authorize measures to be implemented to protect its citizens when confronted with threats to public health and safety, WGEM reported.
She also addressed McHaney’s ruling that Pritzker used authority delegated to the Illinois Department of Public Health, according to the TV station. Grischow said the Public Health Act places no restrictions on the governor’s emergency powers that exist under the IEMAA. She said sthe Public Health Act specifically states that “nothing in this section shall supersede the procedures set forth in the IEMAA.”