ILLINOIS (WCIA) — In a late Thursday night court ruling, the 4th District Appellate Court of Illinois dismissed the state’s appeal “as moot.”

The appeal filed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker last Monday was dismissed, upholding a Temporary Restraining Order which declared statewide COVID-related emergency rules in schools “null and void.”

The overnight news came after the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) “objected to and suspended IDPH’s renewal Tuesday.”

Sangamon County Judge Raylene Grischow issued the TRO on Feb. 4, temporarily halting the statewide mask mandate. She wrote in her ruling that local school districts were free to “govern themselves accordingly.”

Read the Order in full here: