This Term's Supreme Court Cases by The 21st published on 2017-10-10T22:31:49Z When he took office almost three years ago, one of Governor Rauner’s first big battles with Democratic lawmakers was over public unions. With all that’s gone on since then, you might have forgotten about the issue of whether state employees should have to pay a “fair share fee” to a union even if they’re not members. Child support specialist named Mark Janus argued he shouldn’t have to against American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31, which is the largest public sector union in the state. Now, it’s reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which is back in session as of last week. It’s the first term that includes Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed to the bench by President Donald Trump to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. And the cases the high court will consider this term range from partisan gerrymandering to protection for whistleblowers, to President Trump’s travel ban. To explain all the legalese, we were joined by Vikram Amar, a constitutional law scholar who is also the the dean of the University of Illinois College of Law.