by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/24/15, 02:00 pm
February weather across the Midwest may be frigid, but the current stand-off between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s public sector unions has reached the boiling point.
At stake is the newly elected governor’s proposal to end a requirement that Illinois state workers pay union dues regardless of whether or not they wish to join the union. Rauner argues it is past time to end decades of union political leverage and corruption. In his recent State of the State speech, Rauner also named the unions as unwelcome contributors to the state’s budget problems.