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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner stumps for local 'right-to-work' zones, insists he's not anti-union

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TROY, Illinois — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is dismissing claims that he's anti-union because he advocates letting local government employees decide if they want to join a union.

Echoing much of his agenda from his first State of the State address, the Republican on Thursday launched a four-stop Illinois tour in in Troy in southern Illinois.

He told a few hundred in attendance that local voters, cities and counties should be able to create right-to-work zones where union membership isn't mandatory. He says that would attract business.

He also told reporters that he's working with the Democrat-controlled state Legislature to identify where the state can find money to fund a subsidized day care program that's hundreds of millions of dollars short. He didn't specify from where that money would come.

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