A House committee has approved legislation that would roll back the free transit rides for seniors program pushed through by ex-Gov, Rod Blagojevich. The committee vote, 19-4, indicates that enough House members may have found the courage to end the controversial program.
Under the measure, sponsored by Rep. Suzie Bassi, seniors would return to paying half fare, which have been the rule for years before Blagojevich rammed his attempt to save his political ass through the General Assembly. Bassi's bill would continue to provide free public
transit rides to low-income seniors and the disabled who qualify for
the Illinois Department of Aging Circuit Breaker program.
As more lawmakers face the fact that this is a unnecessary subsidy for seniors who ride the CTA, Pace and Metra, we perhaps can expect a return to sanity.
Read the full story in the Illinois Statehouse News.