Rep. Riley Measure Targets Metra Fare Hikes

State of Illinois Seal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To help address any substantial fare increases proposed by Chicagoland’s suburban commuter rail system, state Rep. Al Riley, D-Olympia Fields, passed legislation through the House of Representatives requiring Metra to appear before the General Assembly before boosting ticket prices. “Not only should Metra be required to justify…

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Contentious Debate on Concealed Carry

  A Chicago Democrat failed in her attempt to run a concealed-carry bill through the Illinois House. By court order, the state – the only one without any concealed-carry provision – must pass a law of some kind by June.   Inspired by New York’s law, so restrictive that, it’s said,…

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Metra fare hikes draw Springfield’s ire

Chicago Crain’s Blog – Greg Hinz on Politics Yet another problem has arisen for Metra, the embattled suburban rail agency that apparently is considering firing its chief executive. This time, the problem comes out of Springfield, where an effort is underway to make it more difficult for Metra to raise…

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CTA boss wavers on Ventra at hearing

April 02, 2013|By Jon Hilkevitch | Tribune reporter CTA President Forrest Claypool on Monday appeared to alternate between playing the roles of an impartial party as well as a pitchman for the new Ventra transit card’s controversial prepaid debit-account program. Claypool told state officials at a public legislative committee hearing…

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Skepticism About CTA’s Ventra Card Dominates State Hearing

By Jon Hilkevitch, Tribune reporter April 1, 2013 CTA President Forrest Claypool on Monday appeared to alternate between playing the roles of disinterested party and pitchman for the new Ventra transit card’s controversial prepaid debit-account program.   Claypool told state officials at a public legislative committee hearing that no other…

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