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CA/IL Calls on Legislature to Override Gov. Quinn's Veto of Ridesharing Consumer Protection Act

Date: 
08/25/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      

August 25, 2014                                 Contact: Lynda DeLaforgue

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State’s Largest Public Interest Group Calls on Illinois State Legislature to Override Governor Quinn’s Veto of Ridesharing Consumer Protection Act 

(CHICAGO) – Today, Governor Quinn vetoed the ridesharing consumer protection act. 

“We continue to believe that the rideshare protection act is landmark consumer protection.” said William McNary, co-director of Citizen Action/Illinois.  “It is not often that Citizen Action is on the other side of the Governor’s veto pen.”

If the Governor had signed into law this bill it would have required very simple consumer friendly protections such as requiring drivers who work more than 36 hours in a two week period to have a chauffeur’s license, and for all drivers to carry commercial liability insurance.

“It is now up to the Illinois State Legislature to Act to override the Governor’s veto.  This legislation was passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support,” added McNary.

“The Uber taxi industry is a multi-billionaire dollar industry.  It is time they acted like grown-ups and played by same set of rules that other taxi companies must abide by,” said McNary. 

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Citizen Action/Illinois is the state's largest public interest organization. Building on over three decades of experience, Citizen Action/Illinois is a key player in the fight for social and economic justice at the state and national levels. Citizen Action/Illinois has led campaigns for lower utility rates, fair taxes, affordable and quality health care, insurance and campaign finance reform, and stronger environmental and food safety protections. Citizen Action/Illinois works hard to hold our elected officials accountable on these issues every day in the State House and in the Congress.