Over 100 city workers, mostly firefighters, file lawsuit over vaccine mandates

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Other City of Chicago workers are joining Chicago police in challenging COVID vaccine mandates from the Governor of Illinois and the Mayor of Chicago.

More than 130 city workers are part of the lawsuit, many of them Chicago firefighters, as well as employees from the city's Water and Transportation departments. Their lawyers argue that the vaccination mandates imposed by the city and state are unconstitutional.

In the lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Chicago, the lawsuit challenges an executive order signed Sept. 3 by Governor Pritzker requiring health care workers and certain state employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated, the Sun-Times reported.

Additionally, the lawsuit pushes back on the city's mandate requiring all city workers to report their vaccination status on a city’s portal by Oct. 15, imposed by Mayor Lightfoot. The vaccine reporting mandate has already led to a legal battle between the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 and the City of Chicago.