The state has a budget. Lawmakers agreed to a $40 billion spending plan. But what lawmakers didn’t do is to follow through on a request from the Governor to codify into law a way to help enforce the stay at home order.
Pritzker’s earlier decision to call for a class A misdemeanor for businesses ignoring rules to stay closed caused a furor and forced him to withdraw it. Pritzker then asked the legislature to pass a law that would enforce a fine for disobeying the orders. They did not and Pritzker took notice.
Pritzker has said all along that he never wanted jail time for anyone ignoring the public health order or to pull a business license.