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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:17pm
Tue Sep 22, 2015

Emanuel Pitches Nearly $600 Million Property Tax Hike To Chicago City Council

Progress Illinois breaks down Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2016 budget address and rounds up reaction to his fiscal proposals, including a nearly $600 million property tax hike to cover police and fire pensions and school construction costs. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:19pm
Mon Feb 9, 2015

Report: Chicagoans Have Access To 'Abundant' Tech-Driven Transportation Options

Out of the nation's 70 largest cities, a recent report ranks Chicago as the 14th best when it comes to the availability of "technology-enabled" transportation tools and options that make it easier for people to travel without owning a vehicle.

For its study, the Illinois PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group examined whether residents in the 70 U.S. cities have access to 11 various transportation technologies, including those used to hail taxis and share rides, cars and bicycles. Researchers also looked at the availability of real-time transit information; transit scheduling and routing data; multi-modal transit apps; and virtual transit ticketing, allowing riders to pay for fares via smartphones.

"None of these options even existed a few years ago, and the trend is just beginning," Abe Scarr, director of the Illinois PIRG Education Fund, said in a statement. "Technological advances are giving people new and convenient ways to get around more freely without having to own a car."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:43pm
Wed Jan 7, 2015

Fioretti Talks Ride-Sharing Safety, Ethics & Policing At U of C

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Ald. Bob Fioretti's Monday talk about his Chicago mayoral bid a the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:04pm
Tue Nov 18, 2014

Veto Session Preview: Will The Legislature Take Up A Minimum Wage Hike?

Progress Illinois previews what's ahead for lawmakers in the veto session, which starts this week.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:31pm
Wed Oct 8, 2014

Chicago Aldermen Approve IG Measure, Washington Park TIF; Elected School Board Referendum Gets Squeezed

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:54pm
Mon Aug 25, 2014

After Quinn Vetoes Illinois Ride-Sharing Legislation, Supporters & Opponents Sound Off

Both proponents and opponents of state legislation that would have regulated commercial ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are speaking out following Gov. Pat Quinn's decision on Monday to veto the measure. Progress Illinois rounds up some of the reaction to Quinn's veto and takes a look at the debate leading up to his decision. 

Quick Hit
by Aaron Cynic
2:58pm
Thu Jul 17, 2014

Chicago Cab Drivers Rally For Better Wages, Fair Representation

Hundreds rallied at the Thompson Center Wednesday afternoon to show their support for cab drivers in Chicago who are demanding better wages and working conditions. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has been working with cab drivers in Chicago to help them unionize, which they say would give the drivers a better chance at raising their wages, handling city regulations and competing with newer ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. 

According to a study from AFSCME released last month, wages for at least half of Chicago’s taxicab drivers fall far short of the state’s minimum wage of $8.25 an hour, with some earning just over $5.00 an hour. Some 10 percent of drivers actually lose money.

“We make Chicago run, but that is not enough for City Hall,” Maxwell Akinton, a Chicago cab driver, told the massive crowd on the plaza. “They treat us like an ATM machine and pull money out of us every day. We have no way to fight back.”

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