Clay County Judge: Gov.’s Disaster Declaration Exceeded Authority

Clay County Judge: Gov.’s Disaster Declaration Exceeded Authority

CLAY CO. – A county judge has ruled Gov. J.B. Pritzker exceeded his authority by extending the state’s public health disaster declaration beyond the first 30 days in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The impact of Thursday’s ruling by a judge from southern Illinois’ Clay County wasn’t immediately clear as the governor’s office maintains other courts have upheld his orders.

The judge’s ruling said the state constitution did not allow Pritzker “to restrict a citizen’s movement or activities and/or forcibly close business premises.”

A Pritzker spokeswoman said other courts have upheld his orders to protect health and safety.

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