Digital Access

Digital Access
Access morrisherald-news.com and all Shaw Media Illinois content from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Mail Delivery

Mail Delivery
We’ve got you covered! Get the best in local news, sports, community events, with focus on what’s coming up for the weekend. Weekly packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, weather, and more.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
Have our latest news, sports and obituaries emailed directly to you Monday through Friday so you can keep up with what's happening in Morris and Grundy County.
State

Illinois businesses that defy stay-at-home order to face misdemeanor

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, center, along with health and education officials, speaks during his daily coronavirus news conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, center, along with health and education officials, speaks during his daily coronavirus news conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Businesses defying Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order could face a misdemeanor under emergency rules his administration has filed.

Pritzker’s order requires businesses to remain closed with few exceptions because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, a violation is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500, according to WTTW-TV.

The change took effect Friday when the rules were filed. Legislators on a bipartisan oversight committee have the chance to review it Wednesday. If they don't reject it, the rules remain in effect for 150 days.

Pritzker administration general counsel Ann Spillane described the charge as “very mild, like a traffic ticket."

“Nobody’s getting arrested or handcuffed,' she said. "But they are getting a citation where they would have to go to court."

Top Republicans blasted the move.

“These rules are a legal overreach and beyond the scope of the governor’s authority," House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said in a statement Sunday. "It will be a dark day in Illinois when we charge small businesses with a jailable crime for salvaging their livelihoods.”

Health officials reported 1,734 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday and 51 deaths. Overall, there have been 94,191 cases and 4,177 deaths.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older people and those with existing health conditions, it can cause severe symptoms and lead to death.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Loading more