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Illinois Republicans reject Gov. Walker's approach with unions


CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Though Republicans in Illinois are trying to reduce state worker raises, at least one top Illinois GOP legislator says the idea of restricting collective bargaining rights the way Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker approved isn't a good move.

Republican Senate minority leader Christine Ragodno (R-Lemont) says it's not unreasonable to ask the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to negotiate to reduce wages, but union restrictions are not the way to go.

Radogno made these comments during an address to a Chicago civic club. The overall address regarded how Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Illinois) could save money for the cash-strapped Land of Lincoln.

Union spokesman Anders Lindall has said the union already negotiated cost savings with Gov. Quinn, including the deferment of portions of pay raises.

Neither Radogno nor her House Republican counterpart, Tom Cross (R-Plainfield) favor collective bargaining curbs like Wisconsin passed.

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