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What to Expect This Week Following Mask Mandate TRO

Education K-12 Education

On Friday, a court ruling in Springfield resulted in a temporary restraining order enjoining the Governor from enforcing certain COVID-19 mitigation measures including universal masking. Approximately 150 of Illinois’ 840 school districts are subject to the court’s ruling. The state has already requested that the temporary restraining order be stayed by the circuit court and will pursue a stay and appeal with the appellate court as early as Monday. The appellate court’s stay decision and decision on the emergency appeal will likely come within a matter of days to two weeks.

What this means for your school district depends on whether your district is a party to the lawsuit and several other factors. It is critical that legal advice be given in a manner that preserves attorney-client privilege. Attorney-client privilege protects our clients and is important given the pending and threatened litigation.

We have a team of attorneys available to assist school districts and provide targeted advice for your situation. Please reach out directly to your Franczek contact or to our experts on this matter:

Jennifer Smith at 312-786-6589, 

Shelli Anderson at 312-786-6119, 

Dana Fattore Crumley at 312-786-6583, 

William Pokorny at 312-786-6141, 

Nicki Bazer at 312-786-6114, 

We are all available today and will continue to provide individualized support for our clients as this situation develops in the coming days and weeks.