Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker campaigned in the Tri-States Thursday night.
Pritzker visited the McDonough County Democratic Coalition at the Spoon River College Outreach Center in Macomb.
Pritzker expressed concern over dwindling enrollment at Western Illinois University and slammed Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union dues.
The high court ruled that government employees nationwide cannot be forced to pay a union as a condition of being employed. Pritzker took aim at Governor Rauner’s support of the decision.
"We’re talking about firefighters, teachers, police officers, and state workers," Pritzker said. "He’s glad they’re getting lower wages. That’s part of his broader Koch brothers right wing agenda. He thinks lowering wages in the state will create jobs. He’s wrong."
Rauner disagreed. He said Wednesday the Supreme Court’s decision a historic victory for first amendment rights and he doesn’t think it’ll hurt him in November’s election.
"No, I don;t think this will have significant political results," Rauner said. "I think this is about freedom of choice. This is very pro state employee. I’m a strong advocate for our public workers. This ruling is pro public worker, pro taxpayer," Rauner said.