CHICAGO (AP) – The controversial lawsuit case between Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) and Gov. J.B. Pritzker has regained momentum.
As both parties have waited weeks for a decision on where the case would continue, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gilbert Sison remanded the case back to Clay County on Monday.
The Illinois Attorney General’s office wanted consideration in federal court on May 21. Bailey’s Attorney, Tom DeVore, immediately filed a motion to remand the case to Clay County. Bailey’s attorney won’t be awarded legal fees, however.
In his emergency motion to remand, Bailey asked the Court to order the Governor to pay his reasonable fees and costs incurred during the period of time this action was pending in this court. The court did not find that Pritzker lacked an objectively reasonable basis for seeking removal, leading to no awarded fees.