Taxicab companies and others seeking statewide regulation of the emerging ridesharing industry pushed for a legislative override Monday after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed measures that would have imposed background checks and insurance requirements on some drivers.
The Emanuel administration has now outlined regulations that would allow so-called ride-sharing services to legally co-exist with regular Chicago taxicab companies.
Illinois lawmakers took steps Thursday toward creating rules for unregulated ridesharing companies, which have gained popularity in Chicago the past few years.
Taxi companies and drivers have sued the city of Chicago, claiming newly proposed regulations for competing ride-sharing companies don’t go far enough, and alleging the city has allowed an “unlawful taxi caste system” to emerge.
The rules require storage facilities to install dust suppression systems, among other things.
Despite calling a judge’s ruling against the city’s gun sales ban a “straitjacket” on efforts to keep illegal guns off the streets, Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated he won’t appeal the decision to a higher court.
As the ordered Chicago’s public health department to draft regulations for dusty refinery waste from sites along the Calumet River, a group of protesters was taking their concerns to the head of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Despite the call for a strike during Monday’s morning rush, many cab drivers were still picking up fares.
It may be a little harder to hail a cab in the very near future, as Chicago’s taxi drivers are threatening to walk off the job.
The Illinois State Senate has passed unanimously, and sent to the state House of Representatives, a bill that would regulate “fracking,” the process used to obtain access to deep natural gas reserves
Cab drivers are protesting taxi industry reforms passed by the city in January.
The Cook County Board on Monday imposed new rules and regulations on the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office to address the recent scandal in which bodies were found stacked in an overflowing cooler and otherwise mishandled.
A plan approved by the City Council Wednesday will mean higher cab fares for everyone.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday announced plans for a set of reforms to the taxi industry that will improve vehicles and regulate cab drivers.
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) said Tuesday that proposed Obama administration rules are stifling the economic recovery. And he wants Congress to have a much bigger say in future rulemaking.
Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) is seeking regulations for pedicabs, including a fee, an inspection requirement and certain restrictions.