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Illinois Sheriffs fire back at Gov. Pritzker: ‘We’re not going to be threatened’

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Gov. JB Pritzker sent a firm warning to local law enforcement choosing not to enforce the stay at home order with what some may call a threat, from litigation to loss of funding.

“Challenges that will be brought to local law enforcement to local governments and to businesses that open," Pritzker said. "Because they are putting people at risk, they're making their communities unsafe, and they’ll be subject to liabilities as a result."

The Illinois Sheriffs' Association released a statement in response to the governor, saying sheriffs are locally elected and they think the loss of funding from the CARES Act would be retaliation.

The statement said:

“Illinois Sheriffs have been elected by their local citizens to keep their communities safe, a trust that every sheriff and sworn law enforcement officer holds dear. It is outrageous that the Governor is threatening retaliation against these leaders and the men and women of their offices. He is insulting heroic police officers, corrections officers and local voters.”

"We’re not going to be threatened," said Illinois Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Jim Kaitschuk. "The threats associated with a loss of funding, specifically, when we're talking about the federal CARES Act, that money was specifically designated to units of local government, to think now that we can have that money pulled away."

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