Strong opposition stops Pritzker rule that would criminalize business owners

In the wake of strong opposition by the Illinois Senate and House Republican Caucuses on behalf of their constituents, Governor J. B. Pritzker is withdrawing a rule he submitted May 15 that would have made criminals of business owners.

Republican legislative leaders Senator Bill Brady and Representative Jim Durkin sent a strongly-worded statement Wednesday morning (seen below) before a meeting of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which was to take action on the rule. The two leaders called the Governor’s Emergency Order “… a vast government overreach at a time when business owners are doing everything they can to stay afloat.”

Senator Brian Stewart credits a groundswell of opposition throughout Illinois as a driving force to stop Pritzker’s rule.

“This action today shows the power of citizens who are letting legislative leaders know that they will no longer accept decisions made by a small group of lawmakers who represent just one region of our very large and very diverse state,” Senator Stewart said. “Our office has been swamped with angry messages that the Governor is going too far, making his decisions without others’ input. To those residents, this is your victory and we hope that you stay involved and continue to let lawmakers know what you think.”

Senator Stewart says he hopes that Illinois’ Legislative Branch will be allowed as much input as the state’s Executive Branch in addressing decisions facing them in Springfield this week, including a re-opening plan for the state that aims to balance public safety concerns with the economic well-being of Illinois.

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