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GOP Gov. Candidates: Democrats Ruined Illinois

GOP Gov. Candidates: Democrats Ruined Illinois

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The Republican candidates for governor all believe Democratic policies are to blame for Illinois’ unemployment rate.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) believes a decade of Democrats in the governor’s office has driven away jobs and businesses. “We need to go through every regulation and every tax on small and big business and farms in this state, and make us a business-friendly economy,” Dillard said.

Bruce Rauner takes that a step further, advocating allowing local governments to decide whether workers can be required to join labor unions. “Counties and municipalities, if the state allows them to, can choose for themselves whether to be right-to-work. That could be a huge boon,” Rauner said.

No other candidate has come out in favor of a “right-to-work” proposal. Under “right to work” laws, a collective bargaining agreement between workers and an employer cannot include a provision that requires employees to be members of a union. However, even workers who choose not to join the union are still covered by the collective bargaining agreement.

The state’s unemployment rate for November stood at 8.7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is the fourth highest in the country.

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