* Bills get out of committee all the time and they often then clear their original chambers with huge majorities. But don’t look too much into it because it can mean nothing. The other chamber is where bills often go to die. So keep that in mind when you see headlines and ledes like these…
* Free ride over for seniors?: Across the State of Illinois, the days of free bus and train rides could be coming to a halt. On Thursday, the Illinois House overwhelmingly approved a measure to withdraw the perk for better-off seniors.
* Illinois lawmakers rethink free-rides perk for seniors: The days of free bus and train rides for most Illinois seniors could be numbered.
* Free CTA Rides for Seniors Might End: The Chicago Transit Agency may soon end free rides for seniors.
* Free Rides En Route To Being Over For Most Seniors: Illinois’ cash-strapped public transportation system is one step closer to ending its free rides for senior citizens across the state.
* No More Free Rides For Affluent Seniors: The free ride’s over for some seniors.
The Senate killed the free rides ban last year and Gov. Quinn said back then that he was in favor of keeping the free rides for all seniors. And today, Quinn reiterated his position with a hedge…
Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn’t think a move to rescind free transit rides for senior citizens will pass. […]
Quinn on Friday wouldn’t say if he would sign the measure to limit the benefit. He says he doesn’t think that will pass the Illinois Senate.
We see this a lot. A bill gets assigned to a committee and everyone goes nuts, or it passes a committee (like the aforementioned aldermanic petition bill) and people assume it’ll be law. That’s not the way things work at the Statehouse.
Anyway, here are some more bills that cleared one hurdle or another and received press coverage today…
* Legislature moving fast to move primary election back to March
* Editorial: Open mockery
* Tougher rules for cabbies nearing
* Legislative scholarships may end in Illinois