General Assembly Votes Down Proposed 'Right to Work' Law

SPRINGFIELD - Before Thursday's debate began, several lawmakers voiced displeasure with the idea of Illinois becoming a "Right to Work" state (

State Representative Sue Scherer of Decatur said,"In my opinion what right to work does is it takes away the very rights that our country was founded on."

With the watchful eye of union workers overhead inside the House of Representatives, State Representative Jay Hoffman urged lawmakers to shoot down Speaker of the House Michael Madigan's proposed amendment.

"We, on this side of the aisle, have always been defenders of the right to organize.  Banding together for a common good and enhancing the middle class," said Hoffman.

As anticipated, the topic of "Right to Work" in Illinois led to a very heated debate between lawmakers.

"Now you may say this isn't the real governor's proposal, but this proposal was taken right from his turnaround agenda," said Jay Hoffman.

Minority leader Jim Durkin responded by asking,"Representative Hoffman, yes or no, is this the governor's?"

"We're still waiting on the governor's language," Hoffman responded.

Durkin replied by asking,"This is not his language then?"

Hoffman answered with"It's taken from his proposal."

"You said you're waiting on the governor's language.  How can this be the governor's bill without the governor's language?" Durkin asked.

Hoffman then said,"We've got to put this behind us, so that we can solve the problems are facing the state."

While this may not have been the official proposal from Governor Rauner, Forsyth State Representative Bill Mitchell let his known about where he'll stand when the governor does unveil his plan.

"I've opposed right to work under Governor Quinn.  I oppose right to work, Governor Rauner.  And I will vote no when Governor Rauner's language comes to this floor," said Mitchell.

The bill received zero "yes" votes, 72 "no" votes, and 37 votes of "present."

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