Gov. Quinn vetoes Uber bill

By Jacob Huebert
08/25/2014
On Aug. 25 Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a bill pushed by the taxi lobby that would have restricted ridesharing services such as UberX and Lyft in Chicago. The veto is good news for ridesharing consumers and drivers. Uber will now move forward with its plan to bring 425 new jobs to Illinois. The bill’s champion...

TAGS: Chicago, rideshare, taxis, Uber

To catch up with Uber, Chicago taxi group proposes … higher fares?

By Jacob Huebert
07/29/2014
The taxi industry complains endlessly that ridesharing services such as UberX and Lyft are hurting its business. Now an AFL-CIO-affiliated group of Chicago cab drivers is seeking to improve its members’ fortunes by pushing the city to mandate higher taxi fares. But hiking prices doesn’t seem like a good way to save an industry that...

TAGS: Chicago, lyft, taxis, Uber

Is Chicago retreating from threats against Uber and ridesharing services?

By Jacob Huebert
02/26/2014
At the beginning of this month, things weren’t looking good for “transportation network providers” such as Uber and Lyft in Chicago. On Feb. 5, Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled a proposed ordinance that would force these services to severely change the way they do business, if not leave the city entirely. That same day, aldermen Ed...

TAGS: Chicago, lyft, taxis, Uber

How to stop Chicago from ruining Uber and Lyft

By Jacob Huebert
02/18/2014
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed an ordinance that would force the popular ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft to drastically change the way they do business, if not shut down operations in the city entirely. The proposal contains numerous unnecessary provisions that would harm Uber and Lyft drivers as well as consumers and serve no...

TAGS: Chicago, lyft, nanny state, taxis, Uber