Twelve Illinois citizens and four Illinois businesses have filed a lawsuit in federal court against Illinois Governor JB Pritzker seeking injunctive relief and damages for the most recent executive orders, the state-wide shut-down. The Plaintiffs' lawsuit claims the Defendant's acts of selective extra-Constitutional decrees and view-point Constitutional discrimination cannot be allowed to stand.
The Complaint alleges that Pritzker's unconstitutional restrictions remain in effect, with no foreseeable end in sight. This while the data from the Illinois Department of Health shows that as of June 12, 2020, 45 of Illinois' 102 counties reported no deaths due to coronavirus; 76 of the 102 counties reported 10 or fewer deaths; and 90 of the 102 counties have reported 20 or fewer deaths.
Despite these low numbers, John C. Kreamer, Kreamer Law Group, asserts that Governor Pritzker used extreme unconstitutional measures by shutting down the entire state indefinitely. Eighty-eight percent of the total deaths were contained in Illinois' largest five counties which surrounded Chicago. Chicago and Cook County accounted for over four thousand of the recorded coronavirus related deaths equating to 66 percent of the total death rate.
The Plaintiffs also assert that the number of small businesses lost, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, plummeted 22 percent, from 15 million in February 2020 to 11.7 million in April 2020. This includes 441,000 (41 percent) of businesses owned by Blacks, 658,000 (32 percent) owned by Latinos, 1.1 million (36 percent) owned by immigrants, and 1.3 million (25 percent owned by women).
At the same time, the Governor, judges, and legislators continue to collect paychecks, health insurance, and retirement benefits-all paid for by the citizens who have been prohibited from providing for their families.
The Plaintiffs conclude that Governor Pritzker's actions have gone too far and stand in direct conflict with the Plaintiffs' Bill of Rights and their fundamental God bestowed right to worship, work and provide for their families. The Governor's view-point discrimination must be declared unconstitutional.