Pritzker calls stay-at-home challenge a ‘political stunt,’ as Illinois passes 2,000 coronavirus deaths


CHICAGO — Illinois surpassed 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths Tuesday after state health officials reported the biggest one-day increase in fatalities since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported an additional 144 COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,125 in 96 counties. The state also reported 2,219 new cases, bringing the total to 48,102 across the state.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker also had strong words for State Representative Darren Bailey Tuesday, calling a lawsuit he filed against the stay-at-home order a “political stunt.”

Watch Above: Governor JB Pritzker and health officials give a daily briefing on COVID-19 in Illinois

A court ruled in Bailey’s favor after he argued the governor’s extension of the 30-day order was unconstitutional. 

While the ruling only applies to Bailey, the governor says it will be challenged because he believed it sets a bad precedent.

“Because of this ruling, any resident can petition to be exempted from aspects of the orders that rely on collective action to keep us all safe,” Pritzker said.


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