The Chicago taxi lobby donated more than $107,000 to Chicago aldermen from January 1, 2015 to June, 2016. These donations are especially relevant because Aldermen passed an ordinance during the June City Council meeting regulating ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.
The proposals passed by the City Council includes requiring ride-sharing drivers to get ride-share licenses from the city, have city inspections of their car if the vehicle is a certain age – in addition to any ride-share company inspection – and attend a chauffeurs training course from the city.
Cab industry lobby groups are heavily in favor of strict regulations of ride-sharing, citing safety and fairness, while ride-sharing companies are opposed saying these regulations could prevent ride-sharing from operating altogether in Chicago.
Project Six does not take a position on any of the proposed regulations, but wants to make sure Chicagoans can see the full picture in determining which of their elected officials is looking out for their best interests.
Below are the political donations from January 1, 2015 to date from the taxicab industry to Chicago aldermen (bold emphasis added to any alderman sponsoring the ordinance regulating ride-sharing services)
According to the Illinois Secretary of State database, Uber has hired contractual consultant and lobbying firms, but Project Six was not able to discover any political donations made by Uber or Lyft to Chicago aldermen.
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