CTA Second Chance Program

Yesterday, a distinguished group of leaders appeared at a press conference, held by the CTA, to extol the virtues of the Second Chance Program. This program; created through a collaboration of community organizations, unions and the transit agency, affords ex-offenders and disadvantaged individuals an opportunity to receive training and a…

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Representative Riley’s opposition to the CTA ”super” TIF law

This summer a bill to create these CTA TIF districts was fast tracked through the General Assembly. Representative Riley stood in opposition to the legislation.  Although the legislation would hold school funding harmless from the new TIF, local libraries and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago could potentially…

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Super-TIF’ Bill Approved by Lawmakers

By Cole Lauterbach – Illinois Radio Network | WBGZ Radio 7/1/2016 Lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that could create massive tax-financed infrastructure projects in Chicago and elsewhere across the state. The measure would allow for the creation of special taxing-districts, known as TIFs, to fund transportation-based development and redevelopment projects in…

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Preserving Amtrak Funds

There will be an effort in Springfield to preserve state funding for Amtrak.  Amtrak runs eight trains a day between Chicago and Downstate Illinois and seven to Milwaukee that are state-subsidized to the tune of $42 million. The governor’s budget proposal cuts that figure to $26 million, which would mean…

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Rainbow PUSH – Transportation Workshop – Part 2

State Representative Al Riley moderated a Transportation Panel at the Rainbow PUSH – 43rd Annual International Convention in Chicago.  In the last half hour of the workshop, panelists discussed federal transportation policy, working with community colleges to create training programs for individuals to enter the manufacturing workforce, and transit oriented…

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