Maskless Lawmaker Bounced As Illinois House Convenes In Springfield

Dave Dahl
May 20, 2020 - 8:27 pm
Rep Darren Bailey

Rep. Darren Bailey meets with fellow House members Wednesday in Springfield. (Ted Schurter/Springfield Journal-Register)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Republican Rep. Darren Bailey was booted from the Illinois House Wednesday for not wearing a mask.
Before he was ejected, he spoke against a proposed rule that lawmakers wear face coverings, which went on to pass the General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“I stand here before you on behalf of the people of Illinois who feel captive, burdened and unheard, and I share their message. Friends, enough is enough,” Bailey said.

Bailey’s ejection was approved with the help of some Republicans.

The defiance by Bailey is of no surprise. The southern Illinois Republican has publicly said he would not wear a mask or other face covering. He’s also suing Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker over the governor’s stay-at-home order, which is meant to bend the curve of coronavirus infections.

State lawmakers are meeting this week in Springfield, using a variety of precautions, in hopes of approving a state budget.