Comptroller won’t go along with Rauner’s order on union dues

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois comptroller will not follow an executive order by Gov. Bruce Rauner to hold up so-called

Leslie Munger
Leslie Munger

“fair-share” union dues from non-union members.

Republican Leslie Munger’s office said Friday she will “defer to the guidance” of Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The Democratic attorney general’s office says fair-share fees are part of union contracts and that executive orders don’t apply to offices outside the governor’s.

Gov. Bruce Rauner — a Republican who appointed Munger — issued the decree Monday. He says it’s unfair for 6,500 non-union members to be forced to pay for the political activities of unions to which they don’t belong.

He ordered the money taken from their paychecks go not to the unions, but held in escrow until a federal lawsuit Rauner filed this week is settled.