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Judge Allows Union-Fee Suit to Proceed Without Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner claimed in the lawsuit that so-called "fair share" fees by non-union workers violate the First Amendment

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    A federal judge has allowed Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit over union fees paid by non-union workers to proceed — without the governor.

    U.S. District Court Judge Robert Gettleman declared Tuesday that Rauner does not have sufficient interest in the matter to file a lawsuit. But non-union state employees who were added to the suit later may press their case.

    Rauner claimed in the lawsuit that so-called "fair share" fees by non-union workers violate the First Amendment. The fees cover costs associated with the requirement that unions represent non-members, too.

    Gettleman rejected the First Amendment claim and ruled the three workers must prove they have a case.

    Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said the Republican is disappointed he can't participate but is "greatly encouraged" that Gettleman didn't dismiss the matter entirely. 


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