Illinois governor adds jail time as potential penalty for business owners who defy stay-at-home order

Illinois governor adds jail time as potential penalty for business owners who defy stay-at-home order
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker by Lt. Col. Bradford Leighton is licensed under Wikimedia Commons US National Guard

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) filed an emergency rule on Friday that allows for business owners to be charged with a Class A misdemeanor for violating the state's coronavirus stay-at-home order, the New York Times reported.

Owners of businesses such as restaurants, bars, barbershops, salons, and gyms could now face a fine up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail for operating in defiance of shutdown orders implemented in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Illinois Republican state Sen. Dan McConchie issued a statement criticizing Pritzker's emergency rules change.
 


Illinois has seen 94,191 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 4,177 deaths tied to the disease as of Sunday statistics provided by state health officials.

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