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Ill. Republicans reject Wis. approach to unions


CHICAGO (AP) -- Top Republican lawmakers in Illinois say union restrictions like the ones approved in neighboring Wisconsin aren't the way to go.

But Republican Senate leader Christine Radogno (rah-DOH'-nyoh) is calling on unions to cooperate when it comes to fixing the state's budget crisis. She says Illinois can't afford the level of raises that some employees have gotten.

Radogno spoke to reporters Monday after appearing at an unrelated news conference with Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and House Republican leader Tom Cross.

Cross says the state also has to deal with its underfunded pensions and that it behooves everyone to sit down and talk about it.

Cross says he doesn't favor what the Republican Wisconsin governor and legislature did, which was strip public employees of most of their collective bargaining rights.


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