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Bruce Rauner

Supreme Court decision to be key part of Rauner's legacy, win or lose in November

Supreme Court decision to be key part of Rauner's legacy, win or lose in November

Regardless of the November election’s outcome, five U.S. Supreme Court justices may have decided a key part of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s legacy when they ruled this week that public workers don’t have to pay into unions they don’t want to join.

“There’s no question this has national ramifications. It alters a lot of the equations of American politics and the labor movement,” said David Yepsen, former director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and a longtime observer of national politics. “I don’t think there’s any question it’s a big part of his legacy — if not the biggest.”

The court’s 5-4 decision to ban so-called “fair share” union fees paid by nonmembers...

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