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Illinois governor seeks to oust improperly hired employees

The administration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says it wants a judge to decide whether state employees who were improperly hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn should keep union contract job protections.

Rauner's office says in a statement Wednesday at least 36 employees who were improperly hired into Illinois Department of Transportation positions remain employed with the state. The Rauner administration says they can't be fired to collective bargaining protections.

The office of Rauner, a Republican, says a motion seeking a decision on the issue was filed this week.

The update comes after a report Monday by a court-appointed watchdog charged with looking into...