A run specialty store is in the news in Illinois as it attempts to legally reopen in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order.
A local judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by a RC Outfitters owner that challenges the order will be heard in Springfield, not in Peoria.
According to a report in the Journal Star, Peoria County Circuit Judge Derek Asbury said the lawsuit, filed by Adam White on May 1, could have been heard both in Peoria and in Sangamon County but that the public interest in the case merited the move.
The change in venue was requested by Gov. JB Pritzker on the day the suit was filed. Their reasoning was that because the governor is based in Springfield, the case could be heard there.
“The Court cannot ignore the public interest factor of this being a localized verses statewide controversy, touching every corner of the State. Further, the Plaintiffs complaint offers very little substance regarding the application of the executive order to his business that is unique to him or localized,” Asbury wrote in the four-page order which was filed earlier this week.
When the case will be heard isn’t known.
White, owner of RC Outfitters (formerly Running Central), is requesting a temporary restraining order to block enforcement of the order at his business. Meanwhile, in defiance of the stay-at-home order, White has reopened the store.
According to the Journal Star report, White contends the Pritzker’s extensions of the stay-at-home order, aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus, is illegal. His suit, like others by state legislators, contend the governor can only declare a stay-at-home order once for 30 days. Anything beyond that, the suits contend, is illegal under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act.