Following public outcry and pressure from Republicans in the General Assembly about an emergency rule to penalize small businesses with a Class A Misdemeanor, the Pritzker administration withdrew the rule today. State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield), who vehemently opposed the rule, issued the following statement in response:
“This rule was a blatant overreach by the Governor into the duties of the legislature and today’s withdrawal shows that,” said Murphy. “I want to thank all the residents across the 99th District, and the State of Illinois, for making your voices heard. The idea that the Governor would threaten small businesses with criminal penalties for trying to save the livelihoods of themselves and their employees was completely ridiculous.”
The rule had been scheduled for review by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) today, which evaluates executive branch administrative rules, but was withdrawn before the committee met after facing heavy opposition.