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Rep. Darren Bailey Collapses During IL House Session

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Emergency crews take IL State Rep. Darren Bailey away on a gurney moments after he collapsed on the floor of the Bank of Springfield Center on January 10, 2021.

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois House Republican collapsed during a session of the General Assembly. Rep. Darren Bailey of Zenia was seen laying on the floor of the Bank of Springfield Center, where the House was meeting Sunday to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bailey, who represents the 109th Illinois House district, was seen getting onto a gurney under his own power and gave a thumbs up while being wheeled out. 

On Sunday afternoon, Bailey issued a statement stating he “fainted but is now doing well” and expecting to return to work soon.

Illinois House Republican leader Jim Durkin says Bailey has been experiencing some “gastrointestinal issues.”

Bailey gained notice last year when he sued Gov. J.B. Pritzker over his stay-at-home order. A judge ruled Pritzker’s orders legal.

Bailey was elected to the Illinois Senate last November. He will move to the Senate chamber to represent the 55th District, when the new legislative session begins on Wednesday.

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