Several local legislators took money from taxi cab lobby to help ban ride-sharing
Chicago's taxi cab cartel donated $180,750 to 61 state legislators in 2014-15, including state Reps. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), Elaine Nekritz (D-Buffalo Grove), Camille Lilly (D-Oak Park), Fred Crespo (D-Streamwood), David Harris (R-Arlington Heights), Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and Carol Sente (D-Buffalo Grove) and state Sen. Kim Lightford (D-Maywood), encouraging them to help preserve their traditional monopoly by banning ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft in Illinois.
Lang received $5,000. Nekritz, Lilly and Lightford each received $1,000. Cresop, Harris, Biss and Sente each received $500.
The campaign donations lead to State Reps. Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside) and Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) creating a bill, which was vetoed by then-Gov. Pat Quinn, that would have regulated Uber and Lyft out of existence in Illinois.
Chicago’s taxi cab cartel spread more than $180,000 in campaign donations around Springfield, amassing a who’s who of legislative allies.
Their first check -- for $15,000 -- went to Durkin. Their second, for $50,000, went to Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago)
Democrat House Speaker Michael J. Madigan ($25,000), then-Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont ($12,500) and Democrat State Sen. Martin Sandoval of Cicero ($10,000) were also big taxi cab cartel beneficiaries.
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Illinois Representative Carol Sente (D-59th) • Illinois Representative David Harris (R-53rd) • Illinois Representative Elaine Nekritz (D-57th) • Illinois Representative Fred Crespo (D-44th) • Illinois Representative Lou Lang (D-16th) • Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss (D-9th)