Illinois State Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, poses for a picture during the “Million Unmasked March” rally at the Illinois State Capitol, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House Republican collapsed Sunday during a session of the General Assembly.
Rep. Darren Baily of Zenia was seen laying on the floor of the Bank of Springfield Center, where the House is meeting to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bailey was seen getting onto a gurney under his own power and gave a thumbs up while being wheeled out.
Bailey’s condition wasn’t immediately known. House Republican leader Jim Durkin says Bailey has been experiencing some “gastrointestinal issues.” and hadn’t eaten, which led to him passing out on the floor and hitting his head.
Both Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton in tweets wished Bailey a speedy recovery.
Bailey gained notice last year when he sued Pritzker over his stay-at-home order. A judge ruled Pritzker’s orders were legal.
Bailey was booted from a House session in May after refusing to wear a face covering during the first House sessions held early in the pandemic.