So I just finished watching a special episode of Chicago Tonight on WTTW about the transit woes of the city. It's really incredible to me how much politics and backstabbing is going on in the state government here. For those not from the area, here's a little backstory...
The CTA (runs the el and the buses in Chicago) has had three "doomsdays" in the past year where they were about to cut service drastically all over the city making it virtually impossible to get around on public transportation along with a huge rate increase. Each time, springfield passed temporary increased funding and brought them out. Last week, the state senate passed a comprehensive transit reform bill that would let the CTA continue operating (but not revitalize) the system. At the last minute, the governor vetoed the bill saying that he wanted seniors to get free rides state wide. Now all of this is because he really wanted another version of the bill passed and was pissed that they voted for another one. Now the CTA has no idea how much this will cost and will probably be underfunded again if they have to give seniors free rides.
In related news, the house speaker was on the show and basically just kept saying how much he hated the governor and how the governor betrayed all of the state government. Which is true, but it came off quite mean.
So in the end, there's a public hearing wednesday at 2pm at the Thompson center and then the senate reconvenes on Thursday to try to pass this new one. CTA doomsday #3 is this weekend. Let's hope people can still get to work on Monday.