Gov. Rauner Attends Naperville Labor Day Parade

Sep 6, 2016

Credit Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois

  Governor Bruce Rauner joined a Labor Day parade in Naperville.

He's not seen as a friend of organized labor.  But Rauner got cheers at this heavily Republican parade—marching amidst the high school bands and dance teams.  

"Enjoy Labor Day! Happy parade!" Rauner said.  

Jim Caffray, a home remodeler from Oswego, says he likes that the governor is fighting the Democratic machine, and appreciated the fact there weren't any unions in the parade.  

"I think that’s great, actually. Because I think the unions have been destroying this country for 50 years now," he said.  

There were still union supporters in the crowd. A Batavia public school teacher greeted Rauner like this: "Go Unions!  IEA, NEA! Support the teachers—they’re our future!"

Rauner remains locked in a prolonged fight with the state workers’ union, AFSCME.