State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) says he will continue his court battle against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s use of emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, a Sangamon County judge denied the governor’s request to vacate a ruling against him by a Clay County judge. Bailey, a Clay County Republican who represents the 109th Illinois House District, claims in his lawsuit that Pritzker’s emergency powers regarding COVID-19 have expired, and the General Assembly should step in.
Rep. Bailey spoke about his lawsuit against Gov. Pritzker at the Restore Illinois rally at the temporary headquarters of the Champaign County Republicans on Oct. 24. Bailey formed the Restore Illinois PAC with other conservatives in east central Illinois. The political action committee predates Gov. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan for reopening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rep. Miller, a Coles County farmer who opened the rally, argued for the reelection of Donald Trump as president. He said Republican “Never-Trumpers” should realize there is more at stake in the election than their disagreements about Trump’s personality.
“Old Glory is on the ballot. Christianity is on the ballot,” said Miller. “Border security is on the ballot. The American dream is on the ballot. This very constitutional representative republic is on the ballot!”
Other speakers attacked the proposed amendment for a graduated state income tax, which is supported by Gov. Pritzker. State Rep. Dan Caulkins of Decatur warned that if voters approve the amendment, it would make it easier for Democrats to pass more state tax increases in the future.
“We’re already the third highest-taxed state in the country,” said Caulkins. “This will devastate our small businesses, our farmers, our economy. And it will drive more and more people out of this state faster than we’re seeing them leave today. So I urge you please, vote no.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Bailey’s speech at the rally painted a dark picture of what he believed was the governor’s objectives for state government.
“I believe wholeheartedly that Gov. Pritzker is trying to destroy the economy of Illinois,” said Bailey. “He’s trying to wreck it, so he can bring us to an early bankruptcy, whatever that looks like, so that he, hoping for a Biden presidency, will possibly receive a complete federal bailout, as well with many other states. We cannot let that happen.”
Rep. Bailey is running for the Illinois Senate 55th District seat being vacated by Republican Dale Righter. His Democratic opponent is Cynthia Given, who lost to Bailey in the 2018 Illinois House election.
Rep. Bailey spoke with Illinois Newsroom during his stop in Champaign and said he does not expect the governor to accept last week’s ruling against him.