Village reverses support of Rauner anti-union agenda

VERMILLION COUNTY — Westville Village trustees reversed their support of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed Turnaround Agenda on Tuesday night by rescinding a resolution approved at their April 14 meeting.

Just two weeks ago, the Westville village council passed a resolution supporting the governor’s proposal, which calls for changes in the state’s prevailing wage act as well as creating certain right-to-work free enterprise zones and granting local governments more authority when negotiating with government employee unions.

Mayor Mike Weese said after doing more research on the governor’s proposal and after taking several calls from residents, he just felt that there were parts of the Turnaround Agenda that he could not support.

Trustees also heard from Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron, who has been making the rounds to various county municipalities, outlining his plans for the county.

Marron said all of those items are important and could possibly be made more difficult if the governor’s plan to cut the Local Government Distributive Fund by 50 percent.