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Victory: Judge Rules Pritzker’s Mandates “Moot”

“Today is a good day…”

August 11, 2022 – This afternoon, Judge Raylene Grischow dismissed over 100 of defendants from the parent-led lawsuit concerning mask and exclusion mandates. Tom Devore, the attorney representing the parents in the case,  will continue the challenge against the 35 remaining defendants. 

This initial case was brought against 145 Illinois school districts, the Pritzker administration and the Illinois State Board of Education over COVID-19 mask and exclusion mandates. Grischow’s ruling today means that, for most of the school districts, the case is moot. The Pritzker administration and the Illinois State Board of Education have also been dismissed from the case after the Attorney General’s Office admitted to the judge the state’s guidance has always been nothing but recommendations. 

Tom Devore, the attorney for parents in this case, wrote in an email to his clients, “I will continue to pursue claims against the school district which will not proclaim under oath to discontinue harmful mask and exclusion policies. Should any of the school districts being dismissed reinstate their policies, I will immediately drag the district back to Court. 

Devore continued, “Judge Grischow’s ruling is based upon these commitments made by the school district and the state parties under oath. Today is a good day for the 110 school districts listed below. We will continue the case with the remaining 35 school districts. 

Download the court order here. 

List of districts removed from the case are:

Board of Education of Addison School District #4

Board of Education of Antioch School District #34

Board of Education of Arlington Heights School District #25

Board of Education of Barrington Community Unit School District #220

Board of Education of Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Board of Education of Burbank School District #111

Board of Education of Cary School District #26

Board of Education of Central A&M Community Unit School District #21

Board of Education of Central Community Unit School District #4

Board of Education of Community High School District #128

Board of Education of Community High School District #99

Board of Education of Community Unit School District #200

Board of Education of Community Unit School District #300

Board of Education of Community Unit School District #308

Board of Education of Consolidated High School District #230

Board of Education of Crystal Lake School District #4 7

Board of Education of Dieterich Community Unit School District #30

Board of Education of DuPage High School District #88

Board of Education of Elmhurst Community Unit School District #205

Board of Education of Geneva Community Unit School District #304

Board of Education of Glencoe School District #35

Board of Education of Herscher Community Unit School District #2

Board of Education of Hinsdale Community Consolidated School District #181

Board of Education of Homer Community Consolidated School District #33C

Board of Education of Huntley Community Unit School District #158

Board of Education of Illini West School District #307

Board of Education of Indian Prairie Community Unit School District #204

Board of Education of Indian Springs School District #109

Board of Education of Lake Forest High School District #115

Board of Education of Lake Forest School District #67

Board of Education of Lemont Township High School District #210

Board of Education of Lemont-Bromberek Community School District #l 13A

Board of Education of Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District# 103

Board of Education of Lockport Township High School District #205

Board of Education of Lombard School District #44.

Board of Education of Macomb Community Unit School District #185

Board of Education of Maine Township High School District #207

Board of Education of Marion Community Unit School District #2

Board of Education of Mascoutah Community Unit School District #19

Board of Education of McHenry Community Consolidated School District #15

Board of Education of Medinah School District # 11

Board of Education of Minooka Community Consolidated School District #201

Board of Education of Mt. Prospect School District #57

Board of Education of Naperville Community Unit School District #203

Board of Education of New Lenox School District #122

Board of Education of North Mac Community Unit School District #34

Board of Education of Palos Community Consolidated School District # 118

Board of Education of Plainfield School District #202

Board of Education of Prairie Grove School District #46

Board of Education of Rockridge School District #300

Board of Education of School District #45 (DuPage County)

Board of Education of South Central Community Unit School District #401

Board of Education of St. Anne Community Consolidated School District #256

Board of Education of St. Charles Community Unit School District #303

Board of Education of Staunton Community Unit School District #6

Board of Education of the City of Chicago School District #299

Board of Education of Township High School District #117

Board of Education of Township High School District #211

Board of Education of Township High School District# 155

Board of Education of United Community Unit School District #304

Board of Education of Warren Township High School District #121

Board of Education of Wauconda Community Unit School District #118

Board of Education of Wesclin Community Unit School District #3

Board of Education of Winnetka School District #36

Board of Education of Woodland Community Consolidated School District #50

Board of Education of Woodstock Community Unit School District #200

Board of Education of Yorkville Community Unit School District #115 and Superintendent Dr. Timonthy Shimp

Board of Education Triad Community Unit School District #2

Board of Education Waterloo Community Unit School District #5

Bradley Bourbonnais Community Unit School District #307

Brimfield Community Unit School District #309

Carlinville Community Unit School District# 1

Carthage Elementary School District #317

Channahon School District# 17

Community High School District #218

Cumberland Community Unit School District #77

Dunlap Community Unit School District #323

Elmwood #203

Erie Community School District #1

Eureka Community Unit School District #140

Germantown #69

Governor Pritzker Illinois Department Public Heath and Interim Director Dr. Sameer Vohra Illinois School Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Carmen Ayala

Hamilton County Community Unit School District #10

Honoegah Community High School District #207

Jacksonville School District #17

Jersey Community Unit School District #100

Limestone Community Unit School District #310

Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District #3

Manhattan School District #114

Mattoon Community Unit School District #2

Metamora Community Unit School District# 1

Metamora Township High School District #122

Minooka Community Unit School District #111

Morton Community School District #709

North Palos School District #117

Orlando School District #135

PORTA Community Unit School District #22

Prairie Central Community Unit School District #8

Ramsey Community Unit School District #204

River Bend Community School District #2

Riverview Community Unit School District #2

Roanoke Community Unit School District #60

Sandwich Community Unit School District #430

Schuyler-Industry Community Unit School District #5

Southwestern Community School District #9

Trico Community Unit School District #176

Valley View Community Unit School District #365-U

West Central Community School District #235

Worth School District# 127

Board of Education Glenview Community Consolidated School District #34

Frankfort Community Consolidated School District #157-C