Second GOP lawmaker sues over COVID-19 shelter-in-place order

ROCKFORD — A second GOP lawmaker has filed a lawsuit against Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s shelter-in-place executive order, this time as a class action.

According to the Rockford Register-Star, State Rep. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) filed the suit in Winnebago County alleging that Pritzker exceeded his authority in extending the order until May 30. That’s the same allegation made by State Rep. Darren Bailey in his lawsuit in southern Illinois.

A Clay County judge issued a temporary restraining order in Bailey’s lawsuit. However, that suit only covers Bailey himself. Cabello’s lawsuit is, according to the newspaper, on his own behalf and on behalf of all people in Illinois.

Rockford’s Drag Queen Story Hour goes on despite protestors

ROCKFORD — Drag Queen Story Hour took place at Rockford’s East Branch Library on Saturday, despite more than 100 protesters across the street. The Rockford Register-Star reported that people came from other states to protest the event, which is part of Rockford’s first Pride celebrations. From the Rockford Register-Star:
“It teaches children to ignore what’s natural,” Rockford resident Stephanie Loehr said. “It is not natural for a man to say he’s a woman and for a woman to say she’s a man. That ignores basic biology and, if you really want to educate children, they should be educated on truth and not on some lies based on how somebody feels.”

Jean Weymier traveled to Rockford from West Bend, Wisconsin, to protest the event.