Governor Pritzker’s Mask Mandate Rule is Struck Down by Legislative Committee

Rep. Bourne Applauds JCAR Ruling to Vote Down Latest Pritzker Attempt to Reinstate School Mask Mandate

Today the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), a bipartisan group of state legislators which oversees the implementation of policies adopted by Illinois’ departments and agencies, rejected the Pritzker Administration’s latest attempt to reinstate the Governor’s executive mandate requiring masks in Illinois schools.

State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville) issued the following statement in response:

“Gov. Pritzker cannot continue to sidestep the legislature, or the courts, and go-it-alone to force his mandates on the families and children of Illinois,” said Bourne. “This is a win for the rights of parents and local school boards to decide what is best for their children, and I commend JCAR for standing up for parents and children today.”

Last week, Rep. Bourne also joined colleagues in sending a letter to the Governor demonstrating the evidence of the unintended harm masking has on the social-emotional and learning of our children and calling for him to drop his appeal. A copy of that letter can be viewed Here.

For more information about the JCAR decision, visit