Illinois lawmaker calls for Gov. Pritzker to be held in contempt over coronavirus measures

A Republican state representative in Illinois filed a petition Wednesday calling for Gov. J.B. Pritzker to be held in contempt for supposedly violating a court ruling when he issued two executive orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Pritzker signed the executive order late last month: one allowing K-12 schools to reopen, and the other extending coronavirus relief measures, including a freeze on evictions, The Hill reported.

The orders came just weeks after a Clay County judge ruled that Pritzker had overstepped his authority by issuing a similar executive order in early April.

Republican State Rep. Darren Bailey’s petition accuses Pritzker of disregarding the Clay County court’s earlier decision when he issued the executive orders.

The petition calls for the governor to “be adjudged in indirect civil contempt of this Court and be required to show cause, if any he can, why he should not be held in contempt of this Court and punished for his willful and contumacious disregard with this Court’s order.”

It further calls for Pritzker to be “placed in temporary custody within the Clay County Jail until he purges himself by rescinding” the executive orders.

Fox News has reached out to the governor’s office seeking comment.

At an earlier press conference Wednesday, Pritzker derided the Clay County judge’s ruling “ridiculous.”

“There’s no other court that has ruled as they have on the matter that they ruled on,” Pritzker said. “And in fact there’s a judge on Friday who specifically pointed to Clay County and said that the decision by that judge was bereft of legal analysis. And I think that’s accurate.”

Bailey, known to ruffle feathers, was removed from a legislative session in May for refusing to wear a mask. The Illinois House voted 82-27 to remove him for violating a newly adopted rule requiring masks for members, staff and visitors to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.