On 4/27/2020, a court proceeding was held at 13:30 in the Circuit Court for the Fourth Judicial Circuit - Clay County located in Louisville,IL. and was presided over by Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney.
This proceeding was in reference to a Temporary Restraining Order with Notice between Darren Bailey and Governor Jay Robert Pritzker (in his official capacity).
There were between 200-250 citizens and press there to witness the event and many were there to support Bailey.
While the general public is very concerned for everyone's health they are equally concerned with the financial state of America. Many feel that "Big Brother" is using this pandemic as another way of exerting power over the public. Our government is " of the people, by the people, and for the people" and not for building power and wealth for a select few or a certain party. America was founded on "Freedom of Choice".
Bailey and his Attorneys made reference to existing laws that are in place to protect the civil rights of Illinois citizens. They then spoke of the Governor exceeding his constitutional authority.
After much discussion and deliberation Judge McHaney ruled in favor of Bailey.
Governor Pritzker and anyone he may delegate may not force Bailey to isolate and/or be quarantined in his home. Neither may they enter any further executive Orders against Bailey. This order shall remain in full force until a date to be agreed upon by both parties and not to exceed 30 days.
While Bailey and his followers were elated with their current victory the same could not be said for Governor Pritzker. Pritzker stated that this was an insult to all our front line providers including all of those that have battled Coronavirus or have lost loved ones. He went on to vow to appeal the decision and urged local authorities to keep restrictions in place in order to protect Illinois citizens.
It should be stressed that Bailey is not saying that the actions to protect Illinois residents are inappropriate but that it should be done in a lawful manner, and that the financial health of Illinois should also be addressed.