CHICAGO (AP)- The Illinois Supreme Court declined to take on a downstate legal battle over Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s coronavirus-related orders Tuesday, moving the case to Sangamon County and consolidating it with a similar challenge.
The decision comes as the first-term Democrat was expected in a Clay County courtroom this week after a judge rule d Pritzker exceeded his authority in issuing orders aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Pritzker’s orders have faced several legal challenges, which courts have mostly upheld. But in Clay County, Republican Rep. Darren Bailey of Xenia sued over the restrictions, claiming Pritzker exceeded his authority under state statutes. Judge Michael McHaney ruled in his favor last month.
Pritzker had dismissed the ruling as “ridiculous,” noting others in his favor. However, Bailey’s attorney Tom DeVore accused Pritzker of breaching the ruling.