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Unions A Topic At Gov Debate

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 06:14:25 CST
By: IPR's Tony Arnold

The G-O-P candidates for Illinois governor are spending a lot of time attacking each other for how they'll deal with unions if elected. IPR's Tony Arnold reports on how the issue came up in a debate last night:

   
Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has said he wants to take on what he calls Springfield's government union bosses. One of Rauner's opponents - State Senator Kirk Dillard - who's been endorsed by some teachers unions - says Rauner can't win in November if he keeps talking like that.

DILLARD: That kind of rhetoric by Mr. Rauner is over the top.

State Senator Bill Brady compared Rauner to another politician who campaigned for governor on being an outsider.

BRADY: The more I hear Bruce Rauner speak, the more he sounds like Rod Blagojevich.

Rauner draws a distinction between government unions and private sector unions.

RAUNER: When you were in a negotiation on a pension and you're making cash contributions to someone to impact their behavior in your negotiation. You know what? If you did that in business, you'd go to jail. In politics, we say it's ok.

And Treasurer Dan Rutherford said labor groups should have a seat at the negotiating table.

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