Businesses Defying Stay-at-Home Order Could Be Fined Under Pritzker’s Emergency Rules

Businesses Defying Stay-at-Home Order Could Be Fined Under Pritzker’s Emergency Rules

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Businesses that defy Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order could face a misdemeanor under emergency rules his administration has filed.

The change took effect Friday when the rules were filed, but legislators on a bipartisan committee have the chance to review it on Wednesday. If they don’t reject it, it’ll remain in effect for 150 days.

Class A misdemeanors are punished by a fine between $75 and $2,500. The Pritzker’s administration’s general counsel Ann Spillane likened it to a traffic ticket. However, some Republicans called it an overreach of Pritzker’s powers.

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