Illinois Lawmaker Sues House Speaker Over Mask Requirements

Illinois Lawmaker Sues House Speaker Over Mask Requirements

CHICAGO (AP) – A Republican state lawmaker has sued the Illinois house speaker over face mask requirements at the state Capitol.

State Rep. Blaine Wilhour of Beecher City filed a lawsuit in Bond County after he and eight other Republican legislators were barred from the House floor for refusing to wear masks.

The state has been under an indoor mask mandate, which will be lifted except for in schools later this month as COVID-19 cases drop.

Last week, a 4th District Appellate Court invalidated Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s orders for masks in public schools.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch declined to comment on the lawsuit. 

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