SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois General Assembly returned to Springfield Wednesday to discuss legislation that has been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But State Rep. Darren Bailey was removed after refusing to wear a face mask.
The House voted 81-27 to remove Bailey from the floor. Nine refused to vote.
Bailey has stood in strong opposition to Governor JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order, even bringing forth lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the governor's actions.
The House met at the Bank of Springfield Center. Everyone was informed they must wear face coverings and keep a six-foot distance from others.
Lawmakers and staff are also being asked to self-isolate for seven days after adjournment. That means the earliest they could reconvene would be on May 30.
When asked about the incident Governor JB Pritzker said, "Clearly the Representative has no interest in protecting others."