Appellate court won't overturn Springfield judge's order on school mask mandate
A state appellate court says it won’t be reversing the decision of a Springfield judge that essentially ended Illinois’ school mask mandate.
In a decision late Thursday, the Fourth District Appellate Court denied the Pritzker administration’s appeal of that judge’s temporary restraining order. The appellate court cited the recent vote by a panel of lawmakers to suspend the latest version of COVID-19 mitigations for public schools. The appellate court says that makes the issue “moot.”
"Because the emergency rules voided by the TRO are no longer in effect, a controversy regarding the application of those rules no longer exists. Thus, the matter is moot," the appellate court wrote.
Unit 5 and District 87 had already announced a change to mask-optional. Most other school districts in McLean County already did so after the Springfield judge’s order earlier this week.”
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