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    Illinois general assembly won’t override veto of ridesharing bill

    There’s great news for fans of ridesharing services such as UberX and Lyft in Illinois: The General Assembly won’t override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of a bill that would have restricted those services’ ability to operate and their drivers’ ability to earn a living. But there’s also some not-so-great news: state legislators aren’t done trying to meddle in this [...]

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    Criminal justice accountability depends on transparency

    It’s no secret that the Chicago Police Department, or CPD, has struggled with corruption and a lack of accountability. Another area where it has fallen short is in following the state’s open-records laws. Last month, the Better Government Association, or BGA, sued CPD over its refusal to comply with requests made under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. According [...]

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    Misguided Uber restrictions are back from the dead

    Some state lawmakers are pushing again to pass HB 4075, which would impose harsh restrictions on rideshare drivers operating across Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed the bill back in August. Most transit regulation is handled at the city level, and Chicago passed insurance and background-check requirements for ridesharing firms in May. But taxi-industry lobbyists have argued the city’s restrictions aren’t enough, [...]