A lawsuit challenging the increased state tax on beer, wine and liquor is keeping the state from issuing bonds to fund almost $1 billion in CTA capital improvements
Earlier this year the legislature passed a $31 billion capital spending plan, with about $900 million earmarked for the CTA. But Rocky Wirtz owner of the Blackhawks and one of the country's largest beer and liquor distributors, promptly sued, saying the bill "rolls too many subjects into one bill and fails to adhere to a uniformity clause," according to a Crain's story.
At Monday's Red and Purple line vision session I asked State Sen. Heather Steans the status of the funds. She said the Wirtz lawsuit is keeping the stte from issuing bonds to fund the bill.
Also up in the air is the fate of the video gambling portion of the bill. Cities are voting to opt out of allowing video gambling, thus jeopardizing some of those funds. Other funding sources include increases in various driving fees, and more sales taxes on candy, beauty aids and beverages.