SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP) responded Tuesday to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent writ that would see business owners charged with a misdemeanor for opening their business before being cleared, ensuring residents no one would be arrested.
A release on the ISP Facebook page stated the following:
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois State Police (ISP) continues to focus on community caretaking, educating citizens and businesses and urging voluntary compliance.
As part of that effort, the ISP will act incrementally to urge compliance of the executive order.
Consistent with this community spirit and with state law, policy guidance and discretion, the Illinois State Police will not issue any criminal misdemeanors to individuals for violations of temporary emergency rules or executive orders.
The Illinois State Police will only apply those emergency rules to entities such as corporations, LLPs or other business entities consistent with state and constitutional law. No individual will be arrested or taken to jail for a violation of the Executive Orders or emergency rules. We encourage all citizens to continue to do their part to maintain public health as we move forward in the days ahead with Reopening Illinois.”
The emergency rules issued by Pritzker Friday would allow businesses to be charged with a Class A misdemeanor with a fine between $75 to $2,500, and potentially under a year of jail time.