Yesterday evening’s vote to protect the bargaining authority of Governor Rauner signals an important shift in Illinois’ political climate. It is clear that House Speaker Michael Madigan is losing his vice-like grip on the Illinois General Assembly.
House Speaker Michael Madigan, in cooperation with the state’s most powerful public sector union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), is working to strip the Governor of his bargaining powers as he negotiates a major government union contract on behalf of hardworking taxpayers. A majority of Illinoisans elected Governor Rauner to represent their families and businesses in Springfield. Therefore, he is the one who should negotiate with unions, not an unelected arbitrator. Illinoisans deserve a solution that balances the interests of the families and businesses who fund government with the interests of the government workers who administer core services. Legislators who vote to override the Governor’s veto diminish our representation in Springfield.