Judge Denies Pritzker Motion to Dismiss COVID-19 Orders Challenge

Judge Denies Pritzker Motion to Dismiss COVID-19 Orders Challenge

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s motion to dismiss a challenge from Geneva restaurant FoxFire to the governor’s executive orders has been denied.

For more than a year, Pritzker has had executive orders leveling blanket restrictions and closures on restaurants across the state to slow the spread of COVID-19. FoxFire challenged the orders in October.

Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Raylene Grischow denied Pritzker’s motion Wednesday. She said the Pritzker administration has to defend the challenge of the orders as “arbitrary and capricious.”

FoxFire attorney Greg Earl said they’re pleased the case is advancing. The Illinois Attorney General’s office, representing the governor, said they will review the decision.

The governor’s attorneys have two weeks to file an answer to the challenge. The next hearing is set for April 28.

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