The Republican candidates for governor all believe Democratic policies are to blame for Illinoisâ€™ unemployment rate.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) believes a decade of Democrats in the governorâ€™s office has driven away jobs and businesses. â€śWe 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,â€ť Dillard said.
Bruce Rauner takes that a step further, advocating allowing local governments to decide whether workers can be required to join labor unions. â€śCounties and municipalities, if the state allows them to, can choose for themselves whether to be right-to-work. That could be a huge boon,â€ť Rauner said.
No other candidate has come out in favor of a â€śright-to-workâ€ť proposal. Under â€śright to workâ€ť 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 stateâ€™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.