Illinois Republican Removed From House Chamber For Refusing To Wear Mask
On Wednesday, Illinois state Rep. Darrin Bailey (R) was removed from the House chamber after he refused to wear a mask when 109 Illinois House members reconvened for the first time in over two months, News Channel 20 reports.
According to the report, representatives attending the legislative session at the makeshift House chamber at the Bank of Springfield Center were asked to get tested for coronavirus before entering the BOS Center and were required to wear a mask indoors according to House rules.
However, Rep. Bailey refused to follow the rules and was quickly booted out.
Bailey was asked if he would comply with the rules, to which he replied, “I will not. Thank you.”
He was removed from the chamber in a bipartisan vote of 81 to 27 after refusing to comply with the House rules adopted just minutes before.
“I think these rules make sense. They’re difficult, but these are difficult times,” House GOP Leader Jim Durkin said on the floor.
Bailey was escorted from the chamber immediately after the House voted to remove him.
Watch the report below via WGN News:
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