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LaSalle County state’s attorney said she won’t prosecute governor’s latest rules

'He's dividing the state rather than uniting it'

LaSalle County State's Attorney Karen Donnelly
LaSalle County State's Attorney Karen Donnelly

Businesses defying Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order could face a misdemeanor under emergency rules his administration has filed.

Following the news,áLaSalle County State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly said Sunday she will notáprosecute those charges.

Pritzker’s order requires businesses to remain closed with few exceptions because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, a violation is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500, according to WTTW-TV.

The change took effect Friday when the rules were filed. Legislators on a bipartisan oversight committee have the chance to review it Wednesday. If they don’t reject it, the rules remain in effect for 150 days.

Donnelly said Grundy County’sáState’s Attorney Jason Helland also issued a similar statement, that he has no intention of prosecuting the Class A misdemeanors.

Donnelly said the issue has become a political one.á

“He’s dividing the state rather than uniting it,” she said about the governor.á

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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