A federal judge will allow three Illinois government workers to challenge the state’s compulsory union system over the objections of powerful public sector unions. Judge Robert W. Gettleman ruled Tuesday that the public sector employees had standing to challenge the “fair share” fees they are forced to pay to public sector unions, such as AFSCME. In the same ruling, Gettleman also dismissed the matching suit filed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, finding that he “has no personal stake in the manner.”
Consummate D.C. insider Terry McAuliffe resides in the governor’s mansion built by tobacco farmer James Monroe, demonstrating that Virginians have always elected those who excel at peddling its staple crop. The farms that blanketed the I-95 corridor between Washington, D.C., and Richmond are mostly gone now, the land purchased by political profiteers. The stalks have been replaced by glass towers housing the media, contracting, and consulting giants that now serve as the backbone of the Virginia economy. Yet there are some members of the transplanted D.C. caste—former Marines, ambassadors, and George W. Bush appointees—who still pay tribute to the much maligned weed; they can be found at the Embassy Cigar Lounge in Stafford, Va., which celebrated its first anniversary on May 1.