U.S. Rep Bill Foster (D-Ill.) | Contributed photo
U.S. Rep Bill Foster (D-Ill.) today released a statement on Wednesday expressing disappointment with Gov. Bruce Rauner's efforts to prohibit the collection of fair-share fees, which are mandatory fees that public-employee unions collect from workers.
Foster called Rauner's move "divisive, partisan actions" and said the governor should be working in a bipartisan fashion to solve the many issues affecting Illinois.
"This does nothing to address Illinois’ budget problems and will only worsen the dysfunction in Springfield -- perhaps the only government in the country with a lower approval rating than Congress," Foster said.
He said the state and country can only succeed with a strong middle class, which he said continues to recover from the economic recession.
"Despite the economic progress we have made in recent years, the gap between the middle class and the wealthy continues to grow," Foster said. "Now, more than ever, we need to do all we can to grow and strengthen the middle class, not tear down working families."