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Rauner, Madigan battle again on labor bill a day after Obama urged compromise

Rauner, Madigan battle again on labor bill a day after Obama urged compromise

Less than 24 hours after President Barack Obama spoke to Illinois lawmakers about the need to compromise, Democrats and Republicans have reignited a high-stakes fight over contract negotiations with the state's largest union.

At issue is a labor-backed measure that would prevent a lockout or strike if talks with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and other unions reach an impasse and instead send the matter to binding arbitration. Democrats pushed the bill through a committee Thursday on a 16-7 vote, but it faces a tough road.

A similar bill passed the General Assembly but was vetoed by Republican Gov. Bruce...

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