Three of the four Republican candidates for governor don’t have a problem with unions. The one who does is Bruce Rauner. “They are influencing policy for their own benefit, not for the benefit of our taxpayers,” he said, characterizing campaign contributions by unions as “bribes.” Asked whether contributions by business interests to politicians are also bribes, he said only if the donor is seeking “a special deal.”
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Rauner criticizes State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) for taking campaign contributions from unions representing teachers and state workers, though Dillard says that doesn’t mean he’ll do everything they want, and the acrimony doesn’t help. State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) is against the anti-union rhetoric too. “I’m a small business person, and the success I’ve had is because of the people I’ve worked with. I agree with Sen. Dillard, the way Mr. Rauner demonizes state employees isn’t gonna move this state forward. We’ve gotta roll up our sleeves and work with ‘em, just as the way he demonizes the legislature isn’t gonna move our state forward,” he said. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford also says unions will have input if he’s governor.
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