Illinois Republican Party v. Pritzker challenges Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. The lawsuit highlights the arbitrary nature of the Executive Order as some groups can gather while other groups face restrictions. The lawsuit petitions the court to allow the party to operate in-person events in the run-up to the November 2020 election.
The excerpt below is from an article by Chicago Tribune.that appeared June 16, 2020, on
State GOP Chairman Tim Schneider said during an online news conference Tuesday morning that Pritzker is picking and choosing who gets to fully exercise their First Amendment rights, noting the governor’s participation in the protest march and an exemption to the gathering limit for religious groups.
“Gov. Pritzker is ruling Illinois like an unaccountable king, where he only gets to decide which violations of his executive order have his blessing,” Schneider said.
“Every American has a right to free speech, and the Constitution doesn’t allow this governor to create special exceptions for churches or protesters because they have a high media profile, because they’ve got good lobbyists or because he agrees with their political viewpoint,” Daniel Suhr, an attorney with the Liberty Justice Center.
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