GOP sues Pritzker seeking exemption from 10-person limit

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CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ Democratic governor is being sued by the state’s Republican Party, which is seeking exemption from the 10-person limit on public gatherings issued on May 29.

The GOP says in the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago that Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s limit on in-person gatherings to battle the coronavirus curtails people’s First Amendment rights.

The GOP wants the court to exempt political parties from the cap on gatherings and seeks permission to hold meetings without size restrictions during the time leading up to the November election.

Pritzker says the steps he’s taken has helped Illinois see a decline in new infections and deaths while other states are seeing new spikes.

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(This story was originally published on June 15, 2020)

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