WIFR: Local lawmakers explore how downstate COVID-19 executive order ruling could impact Rockford region

By Elaine Rojas-Castillo | WIFR News

After a downstate judge rules Governor J.B. Pritzker is overstepping his authority when it comes to COVID-19 executive orders, local lawmakers discuss what this ruling means for the Rockford region.

“I’m not against these guidelines. I’m against them closing people down if they don’t follow them,” said Rep. John Cabello (R-68th).

A Clay County Circuit Court judge calls all of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 executive orders issued after April 9th unconstitutional, saying the Illinois leader does not have the authority to restrict freedoms.

State Representative John Cabello, who filed his own claim against the orders, says he considers the ruling on State Rep. Darren Bailey’s lawsuit a win for the cause.

“I don’t believe that government should be telling private businesses, when or when they cannot open. I’m fine with the health department’s giving guidelines, but to have the health department be the final say is horribly wrong. That’s not the way things are supposed to be set up,” said Rep. Cabello…

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