- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says his legal staff is reviewing an executive order issued by Gov. Brude 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 reversed.

Rauner calls the union dues a “critical cog in the corrupt bargaining that is crushing taxpayers.”

The move continues Rauner’s campaigning against public unions. He contends they hold back economic growth and have too much political influence.

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