Following public outcry and pressure from Republicans in the General Assembly about an emergency rule to penalize small businesses with a Class A Misdemeanor, the Pritzker administration withdrew the rule today. State Representative Tom Weber (R-Lake Villa), who vehemently opposed the rule, issued the following statement in response:
“Thank you to all the residents who called and made your voices heard,” said Weber. “The Governor should have never filed this emergency rule threatening to punish small businesses with a Class A Misdemeanor for trying to save the livelihoods of themselves and their employees, and the withdrawal today is proof of that.”
The rule had been scheduled for review by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) today, which evaluates executive branch administrative rules, but was withdrawn before the committee met after facing heavy opposition.