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White County States Attorney Issues Release Regarding IL Stay At Home Executive Order

White County States Attorney Denton Aud issued a press release late Wednesday afternoon specifically taking on Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Executive Order.  In the nearly two page piece, Aud, spoke on behalf of White County Sheriff Doug Maier and county police chiefs Jason Carter, Diana Tharp, David Burrows and also Enfield police officer Mark Worlds, saying while they don’t doubt the sincerity of the governor and believe his administration is well intentioned that they will not arrest or prosecute anyone for conduct that would simply be in violation of the stay at home order.  Aud says arrests and prosecutions arise from the violation of laws enacted by legislation and not executive edicts and good intentions are not a valid basis for overriding the rule of law.  Aud drew from legal cases and opinions in the release and also says he and law enforcement do believe that Pritzker’s order exceed statutory authority and that the exercise cannot exceed 30 days.  With that, he says he’s not advising businesses to violate the order as those with licenses could be putting it at risk and could also face civil liability.  Aud closed his note with a quote from Justice Lloyd Karmeier’s 2015 opinion with regards to Heaton v. Quinn saying that it most aptly describes the current obligation of law enforcement.  “Crisis is not an excuse to abandon the rule of law.  It is a summons to defend it.  How we respond is the measure of our commitment to the principles of justice we are sworn to uphold.”

Read the full release by clicking the link below to open the pdf.

COVID 19 Stay at Home EO Press Release

12 comments
  1. Evelyn L Murdach
    Evelyn L Murdach
    April 30, 2020 at 7:42 am

    I am SO pleased with this decision. Kudos to you Mr Aud!

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  2. Carroll Sanders
    Carroll Sanders
    April 30, 2020 at 8:43 am

    This, from a Nurse in Michigan, is eight million percent correct, and the only thing i would add is fuck these people (source unknown, but whoever it is absolutely rocks) :

    “I am posting, for once, about something other than my dog. I have seen 4 patients die, 5 get intubated, 2 re-intubated, witnessed family consent to make 2 more patients DNRs, sweat my butt off during CPR, titrated so many drips to no avail, watched vent settings increase to no avail. We are exhausted and at a total loss.

    All of this in two shifts in a row.

    Some of you people have never done EVERYTHING you could to save someone, and watched them die anyway, and it shows.

    I would have no problem if you fools worried about your “freedom” all went out and got COVID. If only you could sign a form stating that you revoke your right to have medical treatment based on your cavalier antics and refusal to abide by CDC and medical professionals’ advice. If you were the only people who got infected during your escapades to protest tyranny, great. But that’s sadly not how this works.

    You wanna complain because the garden aisle is closed? If you knew a thing about gardening, you’d know it’s too early to plant in Michigan. Your garden doesn’t matter. If killing your plants would bring back my patients, I would pillage the shit out of your “essential” garden beds.

    Upset because you can’t go boating…in Michigan…in April…in the cold-ass water? You wanna tell my patient’s daughter (who was sobbing as she said goodbye to her father over the phone) about your first-world problems?

    Upset because you can’t go to your cottage up north? Your cottage…your second property…used for leisure. My coworkers can’t even stay in their regular homes. Most have been staying in hotels and dorms, not able to see their spouses or babies.

    All of these posts, petitions online to evade “tyranny”, it’s all such bullshit. I’m sorry you’re bored and have nothing to do but bitch and moan. You wanna pick up a couple hours for me? Yeah, didn’t think so. I wouldn’t trust most of you with patient care, anyway. Not just because of the selfish lack of humanity your posts exude, but because most of those posts and petitions are so riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors, that it makes me question your cognitive capacity.

    Shoutout to my coworkers, the real MVPs.”

    I didn’t write this, but I agree.

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    • Christopher Gray
      Christopher Gray
      April 30, 2020 at 9:06 am

      Really? You agree? Well where were your feelings at when all The people were catching the flu contracted pneumonia and dying from it? Where were your feelings at when all these people were Contracting the HIV virus and dying from it? Where we’re all your feelings at when people were dying by the millions in this country from cancer heart disease and all the other things that are part of life? any loss of life is a tragedy but if you’re going to do your tear-jerking nonsense about this virus why would you not do the same about all the others in this country?

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    • Otis
      Otis
      April 30, 2020 at 10:25 am

      I’m glad you agree. Move your worthless ass to MI. WE THE PEOPLE are tired of bullshit politics. Time to take our country back. One small step at a time.

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    • Dwayne Beavers
      Dwayne Beavers
      April 30, 2020 at 11:48 am

      As a survivor of covid-19 I feel that if it’s your time to go there is nothing you can do to out run it and most deaths are in high population areas with air pollution problems.

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    • A P
      A P
      April 30, 2020 at 7:51 pm

      For one I don’t think anyone in Southern Illinois goes up north for ANYTHING. ESP to boat or to a “cottage” LOL. We have had 2 cases in our county this whole time so I think we can take care of ourselves. Thank you

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      • A p
        A p
        April 30, 2020 at 7:54 pm

        And also Carroll Sanders yes many people down here would LOVE to pick up a shift for you because many have lost their jobs!!

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  3. Christopher Gray
    Christopher Gray
    April 30, 2020 at 8:47 am

    I live in Wayne County myself but I am sure glad to see that White County has seen this for what it is and that is nothing more than a tyrannical governor with a Power Trip problem! More people should stand up civil suits should be applied and this should not be tolerated any longer! the effects of a tyrannical government outweigh the damage from a overrated virus

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  4. Lisa Riley
    Lisa Riley
    April 30, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    My immediate concern is that, if we open the region back up, or at least dial back on restrictions (second wave is always worse, so this is absolutely crucial that we do it right) is there a guarantee that we will have the resources and supplies necessary to ensure that we can at least comply with sanitation measures? Is there a head count of people who need masks in this area, and is there a reliable supply line? The state can’t really justify enforcing that everyone should wear a mask if people CAN’T EVEN OBTAIN THEM. Is there a textiles facility somewhere in this area that can switch over to making them? If not, can we muster an army of folks with sewing machines (or a lot of patience via hand-sewing) to supply our people?

    If we don’t want government mandating this and enforcing that, then We, the People have to step up and do it ourselves. That means holding ourselves accountable to our convictions and taking this seriously enough to actually stop this virus’ progress. So yeah, we have the right to assemble and the right to worship as Americans, and heaven help the government that tries to take that from us, but we also have the ability to exercise some common sense and follow precautions in respect to other people. Just stay at home, wear your masks, wash your hands, social distance if you have to go out. If we (or at least the vast majority of us) can follow that, the government won’t need to enforce it. But if we’re going to get all defiant just because the government’s telling us not to do one thing or to do the other, we’ve had plenty of other times to do this. The middle of the biggest health crisis in decades is not the time nor place to be pulling this crap.

    That being said, if our governor wants to overreach his authority, then why doesn’t he used that authority to freeze rent/mortgages? If the people can not work and live as normal, then can we at least get the bill collectors and banks off our backs until this crisis blows over? No? Then expect us to have/want to go back to work. Unfortunately, this will put a lot of vulnerable people at risk, but as I said before, if we can do things intelligently, we can start loosening restrictions.

    As it stands with everyone’s emotions and patience being taxed to their limits, that’s a big “if” right now.

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  5. Ryan
    Ryan
    April 30, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Trying to understand what a nurse complaining in MI has to do with us here in Carmi, Carroll? Let’s stick to the facts on the ground. I am fairly confident Mr. Aud and local law enforcement leadership would not knowingly put the community at risk. Maybe point that fancy word salad at Mr. Pritzker and ask him why he shipped his family to Florida?

    Liberalism is a disease. Get help.

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  6. Bob
    Bob
    May 2, 2020 at 8:30 am

    I am trying to understand why Mr. Aud and the sherrifs, would release such a statement! If they don’t intend to get involved, by enforceing Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Executive Order, why are they bothering to speak up at all. I have no problem with them having an opinion, as a private citizen, but I’m not convinced they should, as a groupe, be publicily voicing their understanding of the legal situation from the athority of their elected positions! They must have realized there were many other options available, but they appear to have rallied under Mr. Aud, (or did Mr. Aud rally them together) to voice a groupe opinion. I wonder if Mr. Aud and All, have considered their moral and legal positions if there is a real outbreak in this area and they have announced that they would not inforce the Governor order, which would/could have prevented the outbreak.

    Just a personal opinion, {don’t worry about the spelling, I didn’t)

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  7. Tasha collins
    Tasha collins
    May 4, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Is Illinois still on quarantine?

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