Sangamon County IL judge rejects motion in COVID-19 mask mandate suit

A temporary restraining order issued Friday by Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Raylene Grischow has reduced schools’ ability to require masks and vaccinations.

The order was the result of several lawsuits brought by Greenville attorney Thomas DeVore on behalf of several hundred parents and teachers from around the state. 

Previously:Class action lawsuit filed in Macoupin County takes aim at schools’ mask requirements

The Illinois attorney general is seeking an “expedited appeal” of the restraining order from the Fourth District Illinois Appellate Court, according to a statement from Gov. JB Pritzker. 

The restraining order, which went into effect Friday afternoon, voided emergency rules from the Illinois Board of Education requiring regular testing or proof of vaccination from school staff. It also voids rules from the Illinois Department of Public Health outlining a school’s obligation to “exclude” students from school who have confirmed cases of COVID-19 or are a “close contact” to someone with COVID-19. 


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