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*** UPDATED x2 *** Pritzker says federal judge denied church TRO request

Sunday, May 3, 2020

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* Background is here if you need it. From Gov. Pritzker’s media briefing today

A northern Illinois church that sued had services today with more than 100 people. Will there be consequences?

    I understand that their temporary restraining order was denied in court. I heard that just a few minutes before coming out here. And so they shouldn’t have been having services at all except if they were in groups of 10 or less.

    Again, this is temporary, and people need to understand that, especially faith leaders that keeping your parishioners safe is the most important thing that you can do your leadership matters here, and we’re not stopping you from praying we’re not stopping you from connecting with your parishioners what we are trying to stop is the spread of this invisible killer.

I’ll update when I know more.

*** UPDATE 1 *** From the court

Plaintiffs The Beloved Church and Stephen Carrell filed a motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on 4/30/2020. In their motion, Plaintiffs seek injunctive relief to permit them to gather for worship at their church on Sunday, 5/3/20, despite Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020−32 (dated 4/30/2020). The Court ordered expedited briefing, and Defendants filed their responses at 5:00 p.m. on 5/1/20, and Plaintiffs filed their reply at 2:00 p.m. on 5/2/20.

After due consideration, the Court denies Plaintiffs’ motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The Court will issue a written opinion and order explaining its ruling shortly.

*** UPDATE 2 *** The Sun-Times has a very good story about the ruling. Click here.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

7 Comments
  1. - Candy Dogood - Monday, May 4, 20 @ 9:54 am:

    There’s a difference between self isolation and quarantine.

    Isolation is voluntary and precautionary.

    Everyone that went to that church service needs to be ordered into quarantine.


  2. - RNUG - Monday, May 4, 20 @ 10:08 am:

    Understand our church has received permission to hold an outdoor drive-in style service on Mother’s Day. Have to follow drive-in rules on seperation, staying in car, etc. Don’t know the details if they will use a sound system or low power FM or we’ll still have to tune in to Facebook Live.


  3. - JoanP - Monday, May 4, 20 @ 10:11 am:

    I’ve been trying to find the text of Judge Lee’s opinion, with no luck (I don’t have PACER access). Does anyone have a link?


  4. - Rural Survivor - Monday, May 4, 20 @ 12:35 pm:

    My guess is that the judge will rule that this is a case for state courts. Feds have no standing in state emergency orders. It was a nice tactic to circumvent state system though.


  5. - JS Mill - Monday, May 4, 20 @ 1:54 pm:

    =Understand our church has received permission to hold an outdoor drive-in style service on Mother’s Day. =

    I am not a churchy person but your church seems to be innovating and finding a safe way to worship. Good on them.


  6. - RNUG - Monday, May 4, 20 @ 2:54 pm:

    - JS Mill - The pastor has been doing Facebook Live broadcasts for about 3 years now … he likes technology and uses it.


  7. - First Amdt Lawyer - Monday, May 4, 20 @ 5:33 pm:

    Here is a link to the Judge’s Memorandum Opinion and Order:

    https://cases.justia.com/federal/district-courts/illinois/ilndce/3:2020cv50153/375660/39/0.pdf?ts=1588583771


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