Eliminating “fair share” payments in public sector unions may not only make some lawmakers angry, some think it’s illegal. State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) says his staff is looking into that very question, but he also says if the governor did overreach, there are remedies for his actions. “I would question the legality of the action the governor took. That’s why we have a judicial branch,” Manar said.
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“That’s why there’s a clear check and balance on the part of the legislature when it comes to executive orders. So I expect next week, when session resumes, in addition to budgetary conversation, we’ll have those conversations.”
Those budgetary talks may not be as pleasant thanks to the governor’s recent statements about unions, with Manar saying “they absolutely make the conversation in Springfield more difficult.”
On the Republican side, State Sen. Pam Althoff (R-McHenry) doesn’t think Rauner’s actions are surprising considering his campaign promises. “He was elected by a wide margin,” Althoff said. “I think he’s meeting the agenda and he’s actually giving the people what they anticipated.”