Come Friday, one man in Illinois will be exempt from the governor’s extended stay-at-home executive order: Republican state Rep. Darren Bailey of Xenia.
But the state is moving quickly to ask a downstate appellate court to toss the decision Monday by a Clay County judge that releases Bailey from the order.
Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a notice late Monday to appeal the decision and is planning to file an initial brief with the Fifth District court by Wednesday morning.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Bailey’s lawsuit challenging his actions in light of the COVID-19 crisis is the “height of recklessness” and the “most callous of feats.”
“While the court’s order is limited, the risk it poses is significant,” said Pritzker, a Democrat. “By agreeing with the plaintiffs in this initial ruling, the court set a dangerous precedent.”
In a Facebook video on Tuesday, Bailey rebuffed Pritzker’s hostile response.
“The governor accused me of being responsible for millions of people dying,” Bailey said. “That was sad.”
Bailey said local health departments should be reacting and responding to the coronavirus pandemic, and not the state.
It “doesn’t mean we go rampant,” Bailey said. “This is about a local control, and obeying the law, versus what our governor chooses to do.”
Video: Our full interview with state Rep. Darren Bailey.
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