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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Another Lawsuit Filed Against Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” Order; Update on COVID-19 Cases

Another Lawsuit Filed Against Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” Order
: A second lawsuit has been filed this week aimed at stopping the governor’s “Stay at Home” Executive Orders which also required certain businesses, including barbershops, salons, bars, dine-in restaurants, gyms, bowling alleys, etc. to be shut down. The motion filed today in Winnebago County by State Rep. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) on behalf of himself and every resident of the state of Illinois claims Governor Pritzker has exceeded his authority. The suit asks for a Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief against not only the current “Stay at Home” order but future orders as well.  The suit further opines that it is necessary for the legislature to provide the governor any further emergency powers beyond current law’s 30-day window. 

Governor Pritzker today similarly blasted this action as an irresponsible, cheap publicity stunt and will file an appeal if this particular suit is successful. As for the TRO issued against his order in Clay County this week, the Illinois Attorney General’s office has filed an appeal in both the 5th Appellate District and the Illinois Supreme Court.    

If this suit is ultimately successful, it would exempt every person in the state from the governor’s order.  In addition to these two lawsuits, today Woodford County State’s Attorney announced that his office will not prosecute any violations of Governor Pritzker’s extended “Stay-at-Home” order.  CICI will keep you up to date on any further developments.

Update on COVID-19 Cases:The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) is now reporting a total of 2,215 deaths, an increase of 90 deaths since yesterday. There are currently 50,355 positive cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, an increase of 2,253 from yesterday. In total, 256,667 people have now been tested in Illinois for the virus, which is an increase of 14,478 since yesterday. The percentage of positive cases in the last 24 hours as it relates to increased testing is 15.5%.

You can check where these cases are occurring at the State of Illinois COVID-19 website which also contains more information on this outbreak. Also, IDPH has a case breakdown of the number of positive cases in Chicago and each county relative to the number of fatalities.  The IDPH website also now includes a breakdown of the cases under each zip code in the state. In addition, Western Illinois University has an put together this Map of COVID-19 Cases in Illinois & Surrounding States which gives you picture of where COVID-19 cases are occurring in relation to areas surrounding Illinois. 

Worldometer also has a site with pertinent statistics on a state by state breakdown and comparison. Also, the City of Chicago has a good categorization of the cases within the city.

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