It can happen at any level. An elected official can be slowed or stopped. Democrats might be power hungry and have Trump Derangement Syndrome. But common sense eventually steps back in. Americans will allow life to grind to a halt but only for a short time. If we see the need to shelter-in-place, we’ll do that. You need to justify that need when other facts start coming in. And with Democrats nationwide holding purse strings, push will come to shove.
Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney ruled against Democrat Pritzker’s order approving a restraining order to Rep. Darren Bailey. The ruling is applicable only to Bailey but it opens the door for similar legal action nationwide.
“We are certainly going to act in a swift action to have this ruling overturned,” Pritzker said in his daily coronavirus press briefing.
Democrats usually like slippery slopes. Not so in this case.
Bailey, a Republican from Xenia, IL alleges Pritzker overstepped his authority and violated the civil rights of the state’s residents. Pritzker renewed the stay-at-home order to May 30 to try to keep the coronavirus from spreading.
“Enough is enough!” Bailey said in a statement. “I filed this lawsuit on behalf of myself and my constituents who are ready to go back to work and resume a normal life.”
Pritzker really can’t do anything until the lawsuit is resolved.
“Representative Bailey’s decision to go to the courts is an insult to all Illinoisans who have been lost during this COVID-19 crisis. It’s a danger to millions of people who might get ill because of his recklessness,” Pritzker said Monday. “Disasters don’t evaporate on a 30-day timeframe. Legislators took this into account when they wrote this law. We will fight this lawsuit to the furthest means possible. In the interim, we will be issuing new public health directives so we can respond to this public health crisis.”
Walk it back
Pritzker’s latest order relaxes a little It allows for some outdoor activities, surgeries and medical treatments. Retailers can fill online and curbside orders.
“We are in possibly the most difficult parts of this journey,” Pritzker said. “I know how badly we all want our normal lives back. Believe me, if I could make that happen right now, I would, but this is the part when we have to dig in.”
Illinois has had a total of over 45,000 cases and 2,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Bailey wants the intent examined. His authority “calls for an immediate review and reconsideration of legislative intent.”
Illinois state law gives the governor authority to declare a state of emergency for 30 days but says nothing about extending that. Extensions can be granted based on need.