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Pritzker Signs Law Forcing Lawsuits Against the State be Filed in Cook and Sangamon County

Pritzker Signs Law Forcing Lawsuits Against the State be Filed in Cook and Sangamon County

“They pass unconstitutional laws to make law-abiding citizens criminals, and then they make those same citizens travel hundreds of miles to a kangaroo court that they control.”

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure into law forcing people to file lawsuits against the state in Cook County and Sangamon County.

Cook County is home to Chicago. Sangamon County is home to Springfield.

See where I’m going with this?

If you want to challenge executive orders or state laws, you must file them in the county housing the governor or the most corrupt county in the country housing the most corrupt city in the country.

How do I fascist? Don’t stand in Pritzker’s way or his cronies!

House Bill 3062 amends the Code of Civil Procedure:

Sec. 2-101.5. Venue in actions asserting constitutional claims against the State.

(a) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Code, if an action is brought against the State or any of its officers, employees, or agents acting in an official capacity on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 103rd General Assembly seeking declaratory or injunctive relief against any State statute, rule, or executive order based on an alleged violation of the Constitution of the State of Illinois or the Constitution of the United States, venue in that action is proper only in the County of Sangamon and the County of Cook.

The measure comes after people had the nerve to challenge Pritzker’s dictator moves in 2020 during COVID. The lockdowns, vaccine mandates, closures, keeping kids out of school, school rules, etc.

Then the state eliminated cash bail, leading to lawsuits. The Democrat-led government is also trying to ban many types of guns, resulting in more lawsuits.

Of course, the Democrats are trying to spin it in any way other than to shield the corrupt government from depriving Illinoisans of their rights. From The Chicago Tribune:

The Democratic-controlled state legislature passed the bill along party lines last month. Democrats who supported the legislation said it was necessary to prevent people with a grievance against the state from selecting the county in which to file a lawsuit based on where they think they can get a favorable ruling.

Supporters also said the measure will conserve resources for the attorney general’s office, which represents the state in court. Sangamon County is home to the state capital, Springfield, while Chicago in Cook County is a second base for state government.

“One attorney was charging people $200 to have their names added as plaintiffs to (a gun ban) lawsuit,” Democratic state Rep. Jay Hoffman said last month in reference to the numerous lawsuits filed by unsuccessful Republican attorney general candidate Thomas DeVore.

The Republicans called it for what it is: a power grab:

Senate Republican Leader John Curran of Downers Grove said in a statement on Tuesday it “is clearly an attempt by the governor and the attorney general to send constitutional challenges to courts that they believe will be more favorable to the Administration.”

“In doing so, they are discrediting judges in suburban and downstate Illinois, and creating geographic barriers to citizens accessing our court system,” Curran said.

State Rep. Dan Caulkins of Decatur, who has sued the state over the sweeping gun ban signed into law in January, voiced similar objections during the floor debate on the bill last month.

“They pass unconstitutional laws to make law-abiding citizens criminals, and then they make those same citizens travel hundreds of miles to a kangaroo court that they control,” Caulkins said of Democrats. “Tyrants are always the same, whether kings or lawless Chicago politicians.”

Illinois refuses to hide its corruption. Everyone gets away with it until you’re useless against them. Look at former Gov. Blago and House Leader Mike Madigan. So many of our former governors like Blago are still or have been in federal jail.


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Is it my imagination or are Leftists going all-out to prove to everyone their contempt for both law and civilized behavior?

Never met a meal he didn’t like.

nordic prince | June 7, 2023 at 1:51 pm

Related fun fact: the wealthy Pritzker family is a major funder of pushing all things transgender.

Odd how a lot of these rich fatcats love them some fascism, innit?

Follow the money, baby.

    CommoChief in reply to nordic prince. | June 7, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Not odd at all. The plutocrats seem to be bent on destroying Western Civilization and the liberal democracy/society it spawned in order to replace it with a neo feudal society. They have cast themselves as the new aristocracy served by the other 99%+ as peasants toiling in the fields with a very select minority working alongside robots in the few factories that will exist to provide luxury goods for the aristocracy.

I think a version of the solution for the corrupted judge in the Untouchables (Costner version) should be employed:
Now that everyone is seated and the jury selected, the judge will swap with the judge in courtroom [random] and the jury will swap with the jury in courtroom [other random].

Illinois has 102 counties.

Most Illinois counties voted for Trump.

(Sangamon County voted 51% Trump.)



scheme prevents most Illinois Republican judges from presiding over these state cases.

The brazen middle finger given to Illinois Citizens by this action may backfire. There are only two ways to resolve differences; talking it out or fighting it out. IMO it is always preferable to try and talk things out.

Unfortunately this action impedes the ability of ordinary Citizens in Illinois to successfully ‘talk it out’ in front of a neutral Judge and Jury. Overtly stacking the deck against the ordinary Citizens may result in some Citizens concluding that any attempt to talk it out is futile. That is a potentially dangerous environment to knowingly create.

So all matters against the State will be heard by one of two Supreme Soviets?

Reality check in the opposite direction. Illinois has a Democratic trifecta and a Democratic triplex. The Democratic Party controls the offices of governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and both chambers of the state legislature.

Shows that governors with super-majorities have it easy, and can essentially do as they please, including putting their own political interests first. It may also create misperception of what they can actually accomplish, especially when there is no rubber stamp, but real headwinds.

Here in my part of north central Indiana, we’re getting swamp–SWAMPED–with Illinois refugees. The problem is that not a few of them are importing their Illinois (particularly Cook County) habits with them and thoroughly p*ssing locals off.

Hopefully the state has a constitutional challenge in every county on this bill.

    GWB in reply to kw88. | June 7, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    Yeah, but they’ll have to be removed to Cook and Sangamon counties. And they can’t keep them in their own counties until a successful challenge to the law. Which won’t happen because Cook and Sangamon county judges won’t let them be successful.

    Nice tautology there.

      Strelnikov in reply to GWB. | June 7, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      “That Catch-22, that’s some catch.”

      DaveGinOly in reply to GWB. | June 8, 2023 at 12:50 pm

      Could probably get a stay in a “friendly” county court against the new law’s effect. Then you litigate it in the friendly county.
      Ultimately, that probably wouldn’t matter, as the state will appeal an adverse decision, moving the case into a court more friendly to itself.

        How, if the bill mandates challenges be brought in Cook or Sangamon? The state — probably via a Cook/Sangamon county judge — will just declare any stay or injunction from a non-Cook/Sangamon county judge to be invalid under the law.

        It will be extremely difficult to successfully challenge that law, which is precisely the point.

      Mister Logic in reply to GWB. | June 8, 2023 at 3:08 pm

      This won’t be decided at the trial court level. File in whatever county you want. Then when it gets dismissed by the trial court for improper venue, then you can appeal the dismissal to the appellate courts.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
Sound familiar?

    Beat me to it. I literally had that sentence copied to paste it in here.

    Just a reminder to everyone, this is one of the “repeated injuries and usurpations” that led us to war against the Crown of England.

    As others have pointed out, given the current state of federal laws, executive agencies, and undelegated powers usurped by the federal and state governments, the Founders would be shooting by now.

    Orwell’s 1984 was not meant to be an instruction manual, and the Declaration of Independence was not meant to be a to-do list.

    (As an aside, Oregon is doing similar in its extreme “gun control” proposal, Senate Bill 348, which would mandate that legal challenges to it must be brought in Marion County. SB 348 is mostly a copy-paste of Oregon’s world-famous Measure 114, which is currently on hold due to an injunction issued by a Harney County judge. Forcing all challenges to Marion County — the 2nd-most-Leftist county in the State, right after Multnomah — would cut Republican county judges out of the process.)

henrybowman | June 7, 2023 at 3:31 pm

“Democrats who supported the legislation said it was necessary to prevent people with a grievance against the state from selecting the county in which to file a lawsuit based on where they think they can get a favorable ruling.”

“So we’re doing it first.”

    It also prevents people with a grievance against the state from filing in the county where they live and work, forcing them to travel to jurisdictions far from their homes and businesses, to attend hearings before judges they did not elect (if applicable).

    Why, it almost seems two-fold designed to discourage challenges — once by making people travel, and again by pulling hearings from the judges most likely to rule against the law and pushing them to the judges most likely to uphold it!

He’s well aware of who is the largest employer in those counties and from whose ranks jurors will be pulled.

    alaskabob in reply to Strelnikov. | June 7, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Just as Minneapolis, D.C. and NYC are No-Go Zones for non-Dem/non-Woke. The Dems did this successfully in the Deep Racist South for decades. I would add that the Bolsheviks did this also, but with the Dems this is just being repetitive.

He wants to make it more likely that Illinois will get a woke judge to help insure the right outcome.

Capitalist-Dad | June 7, 2023 at 5:03 pm

The beginning where it says this is an act of the people of Illinois is certainly a lie. Are we to believe people living in counties other than Cook and Sangamon wish to deprive themselves of the convenience of commencing actions in a state court nearest home? But then, the tyranny of Illinois has previously been demonstrated when government officials that decisions on state constitutional issues (one’s the officials don’t like) are only effective in the local jurisdiction of the deciding court—that is, for all citizens to vindicate the right in question, a successful action must be brought and won in every single county of the state.

    Are we to believe people living in counties other than Cook and Sangamon wish to deprive themselves of the convenience of commencing actions in a state court nearest home?

    Are we to believe the people living in Cook and Sangamon wish to flood their courts’ agendas with legal questions from the State’s 100 other counties, leaving their courts little time to address their own cases?

    Nothing in this bill sounds like it’s coming from The People of Illinois.

A state cannot be sued in federal and state court without its consent. So, under the doctrine of “state sovereign immunity,” a state should be able to dictate in which courts it can be sued.

    Under that logic, “state sovereign immunity” means a state can withdraw consent to being sued at all.

    “A bill for a law.
    Section 1: The United States Constitution and Bill of Rights are no longer valid in the State of Illinois. No authority established under the U.S. Constitution shall be recognized in this State.
    Section 2: Section 1 cannot be challenged in any court within the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois, nor any District or Circuit court established under the U.S. Constitution.
    Section 3: Legal challenges to any Section of this bill must be brought in the courts of the District of Xianchou, China.
    Section 4: The overturning of any Section of this bill shall not affect the validity of any other Section of this bill.”

    Sound good under “state sovereign immunity”? I mean, if the state can dictate under which courts it can be sued….

I can maybe see the State wanting any lawsuits against it filed in the jurisdiction of the State Capital but why Cook County (don’t answer)? How can adding Cook County be legal. I would think that this would be an undue burden on people exercising their right to seek relief from the State.

Just wait until the Federal government restricts suits against it to DC and CA9.

So a “jury of my peers” isn’t a thing any more then?

Steven Brizel | June 9, 2023 at 9:21 am

Pritzker is a corrupt thug

not_a_lawyer | June 9, 2023 at 11:40 am

Why not pass a law that requires that all lawsuits against the state must be filed in a one-square-foot area in the SW of the state?

The state already requires that petitioners must acquire the permission of the state to sue it. Why not simply pass a law that denies any such permission? Is there any sort of limiting principle at work?