Pritzker Lawsuit Seeks Face Mask Order for Illinois Schools

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) The governor took the unusual step Thursday of preemptively filing a lawsuit to ensure children wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when schools re-open.

The action filed late Thursday seeks a judge’s approval of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s order, that schoolchildren wear facemasks to reduce the chance that the highly contagious and potentially deadly virus can spread.

Pritzker wants the matter settled quickly because three Illinois school organizations have informed the state that Pritzker no long has authority to make such rules, and they will be deciding their own safety guidelines.