Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement on Tuesday, March 21, after learning more about Gov. Rauner's choice to lay off more than 100 unionized nurses at Illinois prisons and outsource their jobs to a private company:

"I can't keep up with Gov. Rauner's double talk about state workers. One day he says he wants to make sure they get paid. The next day he's laying them off and outsourcing their jobs.

"I spent some time in Pana today talking with fifth-graders about the importance of compromise in disagreements and about how all voices matter. I left feeling optimistic. An hour later I was getting phone calls from nervous constituents about Gov. Rauner's latest attack on organized labor.

"The truth is, Gov. Rauner would rather play hard ball than compromise. It's painful to watch him continue to mismanage the state in this way."

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