Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking another shot at government employee unions. The Republican has signed an executive order prohibiting so-called "fair share" dues paid by workers who would rather not join a union. He says the alliance between unions and politicians has been a “corrupt bargain."
“There’s also a fundamental American principle of freedom of choice," Rauner says. "America is about freedom of choice and empowering individuals to control their own lives and their own future. This is allowing the employees of state government the right to decide."
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says his legal staff is reviewing an executive order issued by Gov. Bruce Rauner that eliminates dues paid by workers who aren't public union members.
Rauner says 6,500 state employees are forced to pay ``fair share'' fees at an average of $577 a year for each worker.
Cullerton is a Chicago Democrat. He and others are skeptical about whether the Winnetka Republican has the legal ability to challenge the fee. Unions have fired back at the governor, saying they intend to work to have the order
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Wednesday he would convene a commission to look at criminal justice policy.
State prisons in Illinois are at 150 percent of the capacity they were built to house. They also cost taxpayers $1.3 billion a year. And many inmates, once released, go on to commit more crimes. Rauner says that’s unacceptable.
"It is a vicious and costly cycle," Rauner says. "We need to make sure we are rehabilitating inmates, so they don’t commit crimes over and over again."