Businesses That Defy Stay-At-Home Order Could Face Misdemeanor | WGLT

Businesses That Defy Stay-At-Home Order Could Face Misdemeanor

May 17, 2020

Businesses that defy Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order could face a misdemeanor under emergency rules his administration has filed.

The change took effect Friday when the rules were filed, but legislators on a bipartisan committee have the chance to review it on Wednesday. If they don't reject it, it'll remain in effect for 150 days.

Class A misdemeanors are punished by a fine between $75 and $2,500. The Pritzker's administration's general counsel Ann Spillane likens it to a traffic ticket.

However, some Republicans called it an overreach of Pritzker's powers.

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