CHICAGO - Monday, Governor Pat Quinn vetoed a bill that would have forced ride sharing companies like Uber to close up shop in Chicago.
Citing the need for home rule over statewide regulations, Quinn said in his veto message on HB 4075, "The principle of home rule is an important one," Governor Quinn said. "I am vetoing this legislation because it would have mandated a one-size-fits-all approach to a service that is best regulated at the local level.”
The "Uber Bill" would have imposed statewide regulations on commercial ridesharing and prevented local governments across Illinois from adopting rules that fit their respective communities. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect consumers, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward, his office said.
The Rauner campaign responded soon after the veto message was made public. "One month after Bruce urged Governor Quinn to veto the anti-ridesharing legislation Pat Quinn finally did the right thing," the statement said. "It's too bad that Pat Quinn refused to follow Bruce's lead on term limits and getting rid of the Quinn-Madigan tax hike."
Among requirements in the bill would have been to set a rideshare hour limit on drivers of 18 hours per week.
"The only explanation for the bill’s 18-hour limit was the taxi lobby’s desire to sideline competing vehicles," Jacob Heubert of the Illinois Policy Institute said in a statement. "That would have hurt consumers, who benefit from the higher quality and lower prices that market competition provides.
"It also would have hurt rideshare drivers who have been using their cars to earn a living, who would have been forced to find additional work elsewhere to supplement their incomes. That surely would have proven difficult, given that Illinois ranks dead last in job creation."
Uber said it plans to move ahead with expanding the company by hiring another 425 drivers for the Chicago area.