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Our letter to JCAR to Object and Suspend IDPH emergency rule which makes criminals out of business owners

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On May 17, 2020

Illinois (ECWd) –

On behalf of the Edgar County Watchdogs Inc., we submitted our written submission to the Office of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).

We are providing a copy of our letter in hopes it will assist others in drafting their letter to JCAR as urged in our Call to Action article here.

Please DO NOT use our submission as your own but rather use it as a guide to draft your own letter, personalized to your situation and experiences.

We urge everyone that values the rule of law to get involved and take the necessary steps to protect our rule of law in Illinois.

You can download our letter at this link or view it below.

JCAR-Letter redacted


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  • gig48
    Posted at 19:45h, 17 May Reply

    Thank you, really needed some assistance. We’ve been trying to get the word out as well. We’re sending our emails very soon/tonight.

  • D. Ryan
    Posted at 19:46h, 17 May Reply

    EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY THE LOCKDOWN IS OVER Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.

    For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.

    The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.

    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.


    The Civil Rights Division enforces civil rights laws in a wide variety of contexts. You may use the information on this page to find the appropriate way to submit a complaint or report of a potential civil rights violation. If you are not sure which Section is the appropriate one to receive your complaint, you may contact the Civil Rights Division at:

    toll-free 855-856-1247 or (202) 514-3847.

    Criminal Section

    Housing and Civil

    Enforcement Section

    Disability Rights Section

    Immigrant and Employee Rights Section

    Educational Opportunities Section

    Special Litigation Section

    Employment Litigation Section

    Voting Section

    Federal Coordination and Compliance
    Barr directs prosecutors to look for state and local stay-home orders that go too far

    April 27, 2020

    The attorney general said he was concerned about directives that could be “violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.”

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr directed the nation’s federal prosecutors Monday to watch for restrictions imposed by state and local governments during the coronavirus pandemic that may go too far, violating constitutional rights.

    “Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public,” Barr wrote. “But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis. We must therefore be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved, at the same time that the public is protected.”

    He told the assistant attorney general in charge of the Civil Rights Division, Eric Dreiband, and all of the country’s U.S. attorneys to “be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.” He tasked the U.S. attorney in Detroit, Matthew Schneider, to help lead the effort.

  • cad
    Posted at 02:10h, 18 May Reply

    Was there a page 2? I’m not seeing it.

  • cad
    Posted at 02:11h, 18 May Reply

    never mind. I see the pages when I hover over the bottom.

  • cad
    Posted at 02:20h, 18 May Reply

    How does the 150-days stated in the proposed Rule change square with Pritzker’s Phased Plan for re-opening? Does anyone know?

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