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Machesney Park lawmaker drops lawsuit against Gov. Pritzker

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — John Cabello (R) Machesney Park has dropped a lawsuit filed against Gov. JB Pritzker for his stay-at-home order.

Cabello filed the lawsuit in April, challenging the governor's executive authority under the state's stay-at-home order during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois.

The lawsuit was withdrawn Wednesday by Cabello's attorney, Steven Wallace, of Silver Lake Group LTD. in Glen Carbon, Illinos.

Meanwhile, the governor awaits a court date in another lawsuit from a Republican lawmaker, Rep. Darren Bailey, of Xenia. Bailey was recently dealt a victory when a Clay County judge ruled in favor of Bailey.

That court battle will continue with a question that needs to be answered: Did the governor's emergency declaration on April 30 define COVID-19 as a disaster? That is the one count of the lawsuit Judge Michael McHaney hasn't ruled on.

"Bailey won his lawsuit so there is no reason to go forward with mine," Cabello told 13 WREX.

Breane Lyga

Breane Lyga is the content manager at 13 WREX. She joined the team in 2015 as the 5, 6 and 10PM news producer after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was 13 WREX’s assignment editor from 2017 to 2018.

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