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Gov. Rauner to continue outlining Illinois challenges; speech expected to draw union protests


CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is continuing to give speeches outlining the state's challenges, this time in the university town of Champaign.

But union members say they plan to protest outside Thursday's appearance.

Matt Kelly is president of the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council in Champaign County. He tells The News-Gazette ( ) that he believes Rauner is out to destroy unions.

In other addresses the Republican governor has discussed a range of issues. But some like allowing local governments to create their own right-to-work zones anger unions.

Rauner has said Illinois is in "massive deterioration mode."

The speeches are a preview to Rauner's first State of the State address next month.

Information from: The News-Gazette,

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