Kendall County, Illinois Sheriff Dwight Baird sent Governor Pritzker a letter explaining why he and his department are taking this stance.

Ultimately, Baird said he is not instructing residents to defy the governor, but he intends to explain how the sheriff’s office will provide service.

“You need to do what is right and safe for you and your family,” Baird said.

The Grundy County Sheriff also released a similar statement Wednesday and will not fine or arrest people for holding or attending large gatherings.

“Kids are graduating from school, leaving for military service, and parents and family members want to celebrate those graduations and have family gatherings before their sons or daughters go off to serve our country," Sheriff Ken Briley said. "Needless to say, people want to live, not just exist.”


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