Illinois Gov. Pritzker Floats ‘Jail Time’ for Business Owners Who Reopen

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker threatens business owners with one year prison sentence if they reopen

Illinois business owners who dare to reopen amid the state’s stay-at-home order could face jail time under Gov. Pritzker’s Orwellian new rules.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently announced the new rule that would result in business owners facing a class a misdemeanor charge and serious fines if they reopen too early.

On Wednesday, the Joint Committee of Administrative Rule will decide the current fate of Illinois businesses that try to reopen against the Governor’s orders. reports: Non-essential businesses that don’t follow Illinois’ stay-at-home protocols could face major legal consequences if this proposed rule goes into effect.

KHQA reached out to Tri-State authorities and state representatives to get their take on the proposal.

On Friday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker filed a new emergency rule stating that non-essential businesses that violate the stay-at-home order and reopen can be charged with a class a misdemeanor and even face jail time.

The new order would be implemented over the next 150 days.

However, a local law enforcement agency says that they have no intention on taking this kind of extreme legal action on anyone trying to retrieve normality.

We are not going to issue any citations in regard to the governor’s order. We are going to enforce the governor’s order. What I mean by enforcing the governor’s order. If we get the complaint. We’ll go there and educate the business on what could happen. If we’re sent there a second time, then we’ll do a report and send them to the appropriate agency,” Quincy Police Department Deputy Chief Shannon Pilkington said. 

Law enforcement leaders do not feel the Governor’s new proposed rule will take a direct local impact.

I’m not arresting anybody for trying to make a living opening their business. They still have bills to pay and the need income to pay those bills. I just don’t think it will be wise at this time trying to fine anyone,” Pike County Sheriff David Greenwood said.

A Class A misdemeanor in Illinois could mean up to $2,500 in fines.

State leaders acknowledge that these legal actions are not appropriate to implement on local businesses during this trying time.

On any given day you may see as many as four people in these stores. There is certainly no overcrowding. I think we need to allow our business owners to open up in a safe manner,” Illinois 93rd District State Representative Norine Hammond said.

Local representatives agree that businesses have already suffered enough severe consequences due to the health crisis.

It’s been tremendously difficult for them to try and make enough just to stay afloat and then we kind of want to bang on them a little bit harder by saying listen we’re going to throw you in jail or charge you with a misdemeanor if you open. This is not a positive way to try and get back to normal,” Illinois 94th District State Representative Randy Frese said.


  1. And you one day hopefully will face being hanged or shot for treason. Now let me throw in upon conviction don’t want to waste taxpayer dollars on someone thinking this is a threat. If hung looks like this lard ass might need the best hemp rope available.

  2. They’re executing Hitler style abuse if democratic power and practicing totalitarianism without really having the moral rights to act as dictators. They know that the scientific facts are that the flu us only slightly worse than the usual annual influenza They know . What is revealed is their unfitess to be trusted and their eagerness to use a false excuse to terrorise and abuse their electorate They are bullies.

  3. Flatten the Curb was a Hoax, The Democrats and Progressives will never ever be able to pull off this Bullshit Again.. Nobody will comply No matter how much FEAR PORN is on CNN.

  4. both dems and repubs are doing this – the left/right divide plays into their divide and conquer. i am dem and believe this is a hoax and we should reopen America. bush and cheney and obama and bill clinton set up this false government of executive orders instead of the constitution. these governors oversteping the bounds of our freedom and the constitution need to be prosecuted. don’t blame the wrong people, dems and repubs at the top level not the voters are to blame for this long game of totalitarianism.

  5. It is easier to fool people than it is to convince them they have been fooled. sometimes it is impossible.

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