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Monday, 18 May 2020 18:58

IL Business Owners Could Do Jail Time Under Pritzker's New Emergency Rules

Written by Greg Bishop, The Center Square
Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks in downtown Chicago in this June 5, 2019, file photo. Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks in downtown Chicago in this June 5, 2019, file photo. AP Photo/Amr Alfiky


There also is likely to be court challenges.


Last month, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission filed a rule that would make a business liable if an employee gets COVID-19. The employee wouldn't have to prove where they got it.


A group of employers sued to block the rule, saying such a major policy shift that would impact all businesses must be deliberated on and passed by the Illinois General Assembly. The motion for a temporary restraining order against the rule was granted by a Sangamon County judge.


Any person who violates the emergency rules, the latest rule filing says, could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor by local authorities, which could lead to up to a year in jail.


Cabello said there seems to be a real disconnect with the administration.


“We’re letting murderers and rapists out but now we’re going to put business owners in jail and charge them with a Class A misdemeanor if they decide that they need to provide for their family,” Cabello said.


Cabello has been critical of the governor releasing inmates from prisons early as part of efforts to limit their exposure to COVID-19.


Cabello expects the governor’s executive orders to be overruled in Clay County Court through state Rep. Darren Bailey’s case challenging the orders. It’s unclear what that would mean for the rules filed May 15.


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