Pritzker wins faceoff on masks
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s expanded masking enforcement rules for businesses survived a challenge in Springfield on Tuesday as health officials announced another 1,549 people have tested positive for COVID-19 across Illinois, and 20 more have died.
The new rules announced by the Democratic governor’s office last week give local authorities leeway to fine businesses up to $2,500, or hit them with a misdemeanor charge if they don’t enforce Pritzker’s statewide face-covering mandate or social distancing guidelines.
Six state lawmakers on the bipartisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted to suspend the rules they complain offer “extraordinary discretion,” two votes shy of wiping Pritzker’s rules off the books.
The governor said his edict will “provide multiple opportunities for compliance before any penalty is issued” for violations.
Additionally, Chicago public health officials on Tuesday updated the city’s travel quarantine order list to remove Iowa, Kansas and Utah.