Illinois businesses that go against the state’s mandated stay-at-home order could face a hefty fine and even time behind bars under a new proposal. Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a new rule that would punish businesses that do not follow the state's stay-at-home rules. Pritzker proposed slapping nonessential businesses owners who break the order with a misdemeanor charge that could result in fines and even possible jail time. If approved, the new order would go into effect over the next 150 days.
But the proposal is already receiving push back from local law enforcement agencies.
“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.
Pike County Sheriff David Greenwood said he wouldn’t arrest anybody “for trying to make a living opening their business.”
Let this be a lesson to us all. The tyranny of government is never to be tolerated. Every Freedom Loving American has an obligation to refuse to obey this tyranny. We all have a right to pursue legal means of making a living. We all have the protection of due process. Governors, mayors, and bureaucrats have assumed the role of tyrant. We have no obligation to obey such illegal and immoral rulings, in fact we were told we have a duty and responsibility to not obey them.
"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." Thomas Jefferson
"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards. and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence.
It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men." Samuel Adams
"It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority." Benjamin Franklin
"It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freeman of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. The people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purpose of its institution." James Madison
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