Pritzker pulls plug on punishing rule

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In an about face, the Pritzker administration on Wednesday afternoon suddenly withdrew a controversial emergency rule that threatened fines or potential jail time for business owners who defy his executive orders. 

After huddling quietly for three hours in a closed session, the six Democrats who sit on the joint committee on administrative rules emerged and joined their Republican counterparts. A representative for the Illinois Department of Public Health quickly announced the Pritzker administration has withdrawn its emergency rule. 

Senator Paul Schimpf called it a win for the legislative branch and the separation of powers. 

A separate bill that could potentially expand the Governor’s executive powers is pending before the legislature. 

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