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U.S. Supreme Court to hear challenge to public-sector union fees

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday gave itself another chance to decide an issue that could choke off a vital source of money for unions around the country representing police, teachers and other government employees.

The justices agreed to hear a case brought by non-union government employees in Illinois that targets fees that their state and many others compel such workers to pay to unions in lieu of dues to fund collective bargaining and other organized labor activities.

The high court heard a similar challenge out of California in January 2016 and had appeared headed toward ruling the fees unconstitutional. But conservative justice Antonin Scalia died a month later and the justices ended up with a 4-4 split in April 2016 that left the law intact but set no nationwide precedent.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)