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Gov. Rauner vetoes Illinois union arbitration bill

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow an arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall.
    
In his veto message Monday, the Republican governor called the bill "dangerous," adding it would replace his bargaining power with a union-friendly arbitrator.
    
Ruling Democrats can try to override the veto.
    
AFSCME's state council Executive Director Roberta Lynch says the bill is a compromise to avoid a strike.
    
The veto comes as the Rauner administration and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees present their case during a weeks-long hearing with the state's labor board as to whether negotiations have reached an impasse. That determination would give Rauner the power to impose his own terms for a contract to replace the one that expired June 30.

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