Be sure to vote today in primary election

As loyal CTA Tattler readers, you all are avid fans of transit and transit issues. So I will take it a step further and assume you are probably all active in politics and vote in every election.

So maybe I’m preaching to the choir in urging you all to vote today in Illinois’ primary election.

But I urge you anyway.

And if you live in Chicago, here’s how to find your polling place.

VOTE!

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  • I early voted. Can I go back again today????

  • What lines? My poll is my building and never any lines.

    Vote the bastards out!

  • I think if you're going to make this plea, Kevin, you should mention who's worth voting for. I have no idea whether any of the candidates have any interest, pro or con, in public transit.

  • In reply to BobS:

    I don't know if Kevin is in a position to make endorsements. The one thing I know is that Quinn is campaigning on having signed a 2009 capital bill, the proceeds of which he said a couple of days ago would go into high speed rail to Iowa. However, as noted in other places in the Tattler, penny one of it hasn't been bonded out yet (apparently due to the Wirtz suit), even though it was supposed to create jobs in 2009. I'm sure you are enjoying riding on CTA buses 4208-4347, and Metra Electric cars 1227-1306.

    Of course, there is also Todd Stroger, who maximized the CTA's take on the sales tax by driving business into the collar counties and Indiana.

    Julie Hamos was endorsed by the Tribune for shepherding through the 2008 RTA reforms.

    Other than obviously being sarcastic, I can't tell you much more.

  • In reply to BobS:

    That kind of depends if you are voting in the Republican or Democratic primary... It sounds like you don't plan on voting.

    But, I'll give you my opinion on who NOT to vote for when it comes to transit issues. Don't vote for Quinn or Stroger. Quinn "saved" the CTA by allowing it to borrow more and not allow it to increase fares and Stroger unnecessarily raised taxes on Cook County by a full 1%.

  • In reply to BobS:

    OK, I just got home from volunteering all day to get out the vote -- so don't blame me for the low voter turnout.

    I resisted listing my own choices because this blog is more about the CTA and you readers, than me.

    But just for the record, I did vote for Quinn. I didn't like his borrowing to stop the fare hikes, and wish he would have pushed repeal of free rides for seniors, but on balance, he's more progressive and less of a party hack than Hynes.

    I would have preferred to see the bonds sale money go to stop service cuts and let the fare hikes go through. But then, I can afford to pay more, and many cannot.

    I certainly disagree with MK that he is anti-transit. He wouldn't have done anything to get more money for the CTA if he was.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    CTA is not a state issue. It's a city issue. Quinn should have kept his nose out of it and let the city take care of what they are responsible for. Despite the fare hikes and service cuts, the city has to learn the hard way for not following their budget.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    "I didn't like his borrowing to stop the fare hikes, and wish he would have pushed repeal of free rides for seniors, but on balance, he's more progressive and less of a party hack than Hynes."

    You have to qualify a statement like that since you run this blog. Quinn came in and was more of the same. He didn't stick to his ideals and that's why I voted for Hynes.

    "I certainly disagree with MK that he is anti-transit. He wouldn't have done anything to get more money for the CTA if he was."

    He didn't get more money, he got more debt! There is a big difference!

  • In reply to BobS:

    To my mind, a truly compelling candidate would have promised me that the X49 would live to see Monday. Alas, it didn't happen. I voted anyway. :)

  • In reply to marthat3:

    Martha, you know what they say -- all politics is local. Unfortunately, not local enough for you.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Actually not express enough for her. The local lives on.

  • MK, you are truly living in a dreamland if you think a Republican governor would give two shits about the CTA.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    One might clean it up. Given Quinn's 3 appointments, you know he won't.

  • I would, but you can only vote in 1 primary. Which (if any) of the candidates has made comments about the CTA? I know it is a close race right now so the winner is still up in the air.

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