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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says his legal staff is reviewing an executive order issued by Gov. Bruce Rauner that eliminates dues paid by workers who aren't public union members.  

 

 Rauner says 6,500 state employees are forced to pay ``fair share'' fees at an

average of $577 a year for each worker.

 

 Cullerton is a Chicago Democrat. He and others are skeptical about whether the

Winnetka Republican has the legal ability to challenge the fee. Unions have

Two Illinois lawmakers are speaking out against the recent decision to end federal funding for a clean-coal project in Meredosia.

Congressman Aaron Schock says he will pay for the redesign of his office. The Peoria Republican's new digs received a lot of attention after a Washington Post article said it was modeled after the TV show "Downton Abbey".

Bruce Rauner has been sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

 

 The Republican businessman took the oath of office Monday during an inaugural

ceremony in Springfield. He is the first Republican to lead the state in more

than a decade.

 

 Rauner defeated Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November with promises to ``shake

up'' state government. He faces an immediate challenge in working with a

Democratic-controlled Legislature to eliminate a multibillion-dollar budget

hole.

 

Rain or snow could fall across a big swath of the nation's midsection as holiday travel gets underway.

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