ILLINOIS – An Illinois state lawmaker was removed from the special session for refusing to wear a face mask.
In a bipartisan vote, the Illinois House of Representatives voted 81 to 27 to remove Republican Rep. Darren Bailey for refusing to wear a mask during the special session, with one representative voting present.
Bailey said he would not comply with the rules, and state Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch, a Democrat, made a motion to remove Bailey from the House floor.
The Illinois House voted to adopt rules on Wednesday that included a requirement for members, staff and visitors to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth during the special session.
Illinois residents are currently required under an order from the governor to wear face coverings in public places where a six-foot distance isn’t possible.