DECATUR, Ill. -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visited Decatur today and said one of his priorities for his first year in office will be creating so-called "right to work zones" in the traditionally union-friendly state.
Governor Rauner spoke to students Tuesday at Richland Community College. He said the speech previewed some policies he'll propose in his State of the State speech on Feb. 4.
Rauner supports creating "employee empowerment zones" where local communities could decide whether workers must join a union as a condition of employment. He says the zones would help improve both competition and job growth.
But Rauner says he's not advocating statewide right to work legislation like other GOP governors he's admired.