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Quinn vetoes Illinois ridesharing regulations

Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 10:33 a.m. CDT
(M. Spencer Green)
Gov. Pat Quinn, surrounded by workers, speaks during a signing ceremony in Chicago on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 for an approximately $1 billion capital spending plan intended to create jobs and help repair Illinois roads and bridges after a harsh winter. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO – A taxicab industry spokeswoman says Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would've given customers some protection in the emerging ridesharing industry.

Quinn vetoed two bills Monday that would have regulated the industry that connects passengers with drivers using personal vehicles to give rides. Customers use smartphones to order rides through companies such as Uber X, Lyft and Sidecar.

Mara Georges is an attorney for the Illinois Transportation Trade Association. She says the veto puts Quinn on the same side as Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner and "Silicon Valley billionaires, instead of on the side of Illinois consumers."

Rauner had called on Quinn to veto the bills.

Bill sponsors say they're considering next steps, including a possible override vote.

The bills are HB4075 and HB5331.

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