Gov. Pritzker to withdraw emergency order criminalizing businesses who reopen too soon

The emergency rule would have come with a max penalty of one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Sam Masterson
May 20, 2020 - 2:35 pm

Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker on October 1, 2018, in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS/Sipa USA)

(KMOX) - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker agreed Wednesday to withdraw his emergency rule that would have criminalized businesses who reopened and disobeyed his stay-at-home order, according to Rep. Amy Grant. 

The emergency rule would have come with a max penalty of one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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On Wednesday, Illinois State Police released a statement saying it would not arrest anyone for violating the rule but encouraged businesses to follow it.

Grant posted the news on her Facebook page, saying "YOUR CALLS AND EMAILS WORKED! A FEW MINUTES AGO GOVERNOR PRITZKER WITHDREW HIS EMERGENCY RULE FROM CONSIDERATION TODAY."

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