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US intervenes in case challenging Pritzker’s COVID-19 moves

US intervenes in case challenging Pritzker’s COVID-19 moves

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has intervened in a lawsuit challenging Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The federal government filed a statement of interest in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis supporting the lawsuit filed by Republican state Rep. Darren Bailey challenging some of Pritzker’s actions in response to the pandemic.

The department is also challenging the moving of Bailey’s lawsuit to federal court and asserts Pritzker is acting in violation of Illinois law.