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John J Cullerton
Changes made to Rauner's hiring-reform legislation

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has revised its plan to change state hiring to allay opponents' concerns. The initiative focuses on state jobs a governor may give to anyone because he needs loyalty or confidence. Other jobs must be filled on merit. The plan in the Senate answers a federal court's findings on improper state hiring under past Democratic governors. Republican Rauner's revisions are meant to clearly define what jobs should be exempt from hiring rules — without removing union or other protection from firing without cause. Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan says unions oppose political influence in hiring but says the legislation targets...