Judge Denies Gov. Pritzker Request to Move Lawsuit Venue to Sangamon Co. – Final Ruling Expected Friday May 22nd!

“If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…”

An attorney from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office today attempted to have the ‘stay-at-home’ executive order lawsuit against Gov. JB Pritzker moved from Clay County to Sangamon County Court. The argument was made that a similar case was recently moved by a Peoria County Judge to Sangamon County for convenience to potential health experts and officials from the Governor’s staff to be able to testify.

Characterized as “judge shopping” or “venue shopping,” the attorney for the governor tried to argue that it was because Sangamon County is the seat of government and this suit impacts all of Illinois. Judge McHaney ruled against that motion and referenced several court cases as precedence not to move the case including the Fennell vs Illinois Central Railroad (2013) case decided 5 to 1 with IL Supreme Court Justice Freeman writing the majority opinion.

“I am very pleased with the ruling of the judge today and look forward to a final judgement next Friday at 1 o’clock,” commented Rep. Darren Bailey.