Yes Virginia, there is still a Constitution. And it even applies in Illinois.
Republican state Rep. Darren Bailey filed a motion last week to prevent the Democratic governor “from taking any action … which orders Darren Bailey to stay at home, or at his place of residence, as well as limiting his ability to travel within the state.”
Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney granted a temporary restraining order Monday against Pritzker’s 30-day extension of his statewide stay-at-home order, saying that it “shredded the Constitution.” The governor had been relying on an April 2 statewide disaster declaration for the authority to close nonessential businesses and force residents to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. The judge’s ruling only applies to Bailey.
While that ruling does, the next one may not.
Another state legislator is fighting Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, and this time it could mean all Illinois residents can leave home.
Monday a judge told downstate Illinois Rep. Darren Bailey he, and he alone, doesn’t have to honor the governor’s stay-at-home order. Tuesday a representative from Rockford is asking that he and all Illinois residents can be absolved.
The same lawyer that scored a win for Bailey is making the pitch for Rep. John Cabello of Rockford. Tuesday the Illinois Attorney General asked an appellate court judge to “reverse and vacate the circuit court’s order” that allows Bailey to ignore Gov. Pritzker stay-at-home order.
Governor Pritzker, whose wife is apparently ignoring the stay-at-home order and living it up in Florida, is furious.
“Rep. Darren Bailey’s decision to take to the courts to try and dismantle public health directives designed to keep people safe is an insult to all Illinoisans who have been lost during this COVID-19 crisis, and it’s a danger to millions of people who may get ill because of his recklessness,” he said during his Monday press conference.
The governor said the order has saved “tens of thousands” from being infected and “thousands” from dying from COVID-19.
The lives that really needed to be saved were in nursing homes. And Pritzker didn’t give a damn about them. Now he’s hiding his power grab behind the corpses of the people he helped kill.
Meanwhile, I think we have the next Supreme Court nominee.
The rebuke came the day after Bailey won a temporary halt on the stay-at-home order from Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney, who accused the governor of laughing off downstate Illinois’ concerns during one of his daily briefings and imposing an executive order “that ain’t tailored to nothing.”
In another exchange, the judge said of the extended order “you could drive a Mack truck through this thing.”
Verticchio offered the orders are “broad given the situation” but said “they’re tailored to the situation.”
“Tailored to the situation? How in the world does me not being allowed to fish at Forbes Lake promote COVID-19 but panic buying at Walmart doesn’t? That ain’t tailored to nothing,” the judge said.
McHaney has been on the bench since 2010, when he ran for an open seat as a Democrat.
He invoked both the Illinois Constitution and the U.S. Constitution in his ruling: “The Illinois Constitution, numerous sections of it are being violated and the Bill of Rights is being shredded,” he said.
But wait, the media has found out some pretty damning stuff about Bailey.
CBS2 has learned a little more about Bailey’s history. The family farmer and school board member has been an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump. In an op-ed he said voters of the President “must be his protectors, just as he has been ours.”
In just his first term, he has sponsored several controversial pieces of legislation including the Chicago separation house resolution, which would make Chicago the 51st state, and a fetal tissue awareness bill requiring patients be notified if they’re being given drugs derived from aborted fetal tissue. He also lead the charge to allow “In God We Trust” to be prominently displayed on school grounds.
The 51st State? Do we really need two senators from Chicago? Can’t we just trade Chicago to China?