“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.
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.DONATE
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