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Rep. Cabello becomes state's second lawmaker to file suit against Pritzker's stay-at-home order

Capello: 'The governor has a backwards approach to who his bosses are

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State Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, is filing a lawsuit challenging Gov. JB Pritzker's recently extended stay-at-home order, according to multiple media outlets.

Cabello is now the second of the state's lawmakers to file a legal challenge to the governor's executive order after state Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, was granted a restraining order against the state order by a Clay County judge on Monday.

The state plans to appeal the judge's decision, which Pritzker said sets dangerous legal precedent in a time when the state's leaders should be focusing on the health and safety of Illinois residents.

According to recent reports, Cabello's lawsuit will be different from Bailey's, as it will aim to lift the stay-at-home order for all Illinois residents. Bailey, on the other hand, was granted a temporary restraining order which only applied to Bailey himself.

Both Bailey and Cabello sought representation from the same attorney, Thomas DeVore, who specializes in commercial litigation and "local government representation," according to his website.

Cabello has expressed frustration with Pritzker's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent weeks and criticized the governor's decision to commute the sentences of certain, eligible inmates, according to news releases published on Cabello's website.

"The governor has a backwards approach to who his bosses are," Cabello said in a news release on Monday. "They are the citizens of this state and the people who own businesses and contribute to our economy. I hope that my fellow elected officials will step up and let the people’s voices be heard."

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