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Pritzker withdraws emergency order criminalizing businesses who defy 'stay-at-home' order

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Published: May. 20, 2020 at 1:31 PM CDT
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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is withdrawing his request for an

​, which would criminalize business owners that defy his 'stay-at-home' order.

The max penalty under this emergency rule would have been a $2,500 fine and one year in prison.

"More people will get sick, admitted to the hospital and die if we don't stay the course and follow the guidance," says Pritzker. "To the elected officials out there who are playing to the crowd that ignores science, step up and lead."

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules was supposed to meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss and determine if this rule should be approved or blocked. Eight out of 12 JCAR members would need to vote 'no' to the emergency rule in order to block it.

The meeting ended up starting three hours after the scheduled start time, but there was no longer the need to vote. Pritzker withdrew the rule.

Syverson believes Pritzker is withdrawing because he did not have enough support.

"Why would we criminally punish those who are social distancing, and just trying to keep their businesses going and keep their families fed," he tells 23 News in a phone interview. "That makes no sense."

As of Wednesday morning all republicans on JCAR were set to vote against the emergency rule.

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