Ill. Senate Votes To End Free Rides For Seniors

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois senior citizens would lose their automatic free rides on public transportation under legislation that has been sent to Gov. Pat Quinn.

The measure would limit the free rides, offering them only to elderly people who are poor enough to qualify for the Circuit Breaker aid program.

The Senate approved the change 54-2 on Monday.

Democratic Sen. Donne Trotter said the state must cut back on expensive programs like this, which gave free service even to wealthy people.

The freebie began when former Gov. Rod Blagojevich inserted into legislation before he was removed from office.

In the past, Quinn has favored keeping the free service. His office did not immediately comment Monday.

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  • ela

    next cut the free cell phones and check where are the seniors staying ,many moved back to their homeland,but cllecting public aide in usa

    • Pete

      What difference does it make where they live? If they worked 10, 20, 50 years in the USA and want to live and die where they were born then they have that right. As long as they paid into the SS and Medicare system, they should be able to use it.

      Now as far as for illegals and people that did not pay into the SS or Medicare, they shouldn’t get anything.

      • Average Guy

        Every American citizen is entitled to Social Security and Medicare. So what do you mean by people who don’t pay into?

      • Don

        Pete your an idiot… Illegals who are working pay more than you receiving unemployment checks

  • puckaway

    I know alot of Russians that the goverment brings here at the age of 70 and they get free housing, link cards and medical. Our seniors that where born here and worked all their life and are poor get nothing. better to be a Russian and get everything for free.

  • Average Guy

    I know. This is what is called “goodwill immigration.” Were the U.S. government supplies housing, food subsidies and financial aid for a period of years. The government also will assist with education, employment and small business loans.

    My great-great-grandparents are African-Americans who were born in Tennessee in 1861. My father, his father before him and his father, as well as I served in the military. I am a disabled veteran and for years if I asked about a benefit I would have been steered away or denied.

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  • Larry

    Yeah, go ahead and stick it to the Seniors. No Cost of Living raise in two years and now this. Sure, they always say the economy is bad for everyone, but compare some of these legislators salaries to the Social Security check I get. I’ll bet it’s a lot easier for them to deal with the “bad economy” than it is for me.

  • Roberta Waker

    Keep taking away benefits and raises from seniors; the next election is less than two years away and seniors DO vote. It isn’t bad enough Obamacare is taking away dialysis and hospice care; our states are trying to take away our mobility as well. We need to get Amendment 28 on the ballot by 2012 so Congress will have the same benefits as us ordinary Americans; maybe we won’t get the shaft then.

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