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CA/IL Calls Out Billionaire UBER CEO for Throwing Rider Safety Out the Door



For Immediate Release                          Contact: Lynda DeLaforgue

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August 20, 2014

State’s Largest Public Interest Group Calls Out Billionaire UBER CEO for Throwing Safety of Riders Out the Door

(CHICAGO) – Today, the California based billionaire CEO of UBER blew into Illinois to call on Governor Quinn to veto the Ridesharing Consumer Protection Act, which was passed by the General Assembly with bi-partisan support last spring.

Travis Kalanick, the newly minted billionaire joins his allies in the Republican Party and fellow billionaire Bruce Rauner in standing against basic consumer safety.  “In calling on the Governor to veto this landmark consumer protection legislation, the self-serving billionaires are throwing the safety and well-being of rideshare customers out the door,” said Lynda DeLaforgue, co-director of Citizen Action/Illinois.

If signed into law, the bill requires very simple consumer friendly protections such as requiring drivers who work more than 36 hours in a two week period to have a chauffeur’s license, and for all drivers to carry commercial liability insurance.

Yesterday, Citizen Action launched a new online petition for consumers who support basic rideshare safety in Illinois.  The petition calls on Governor Quinn to sign HB4075 & HB5331 - the Rideshare Protection Act.

“Most Illinois consumers probably already think they have sufficient insurance and a safe driver who has had a proper background check when they get into a rideshare car.  The truth is that unless the Governor signs these bills, Illinois will be the wild west of ridesharing.  Other states such as New York have already implemented similar protections, why can’t Illinois?”  DeLaforgue asked.


Citizen Action/Illinois is the state's largest public interest organization. Building on over three decades of experience, Citizen Action/Illinois is a key player in the fight for social and economic justice at the state and national levels. Citizen Action/Illinois has led campaigns for lower utility rates, fair taxes, affordable and quality health care, insurance and campaign finance reform, and stronger environmental and food safety protections. Citizen Action/Illinois works hard to hold our elected officials accountable on these issues every day in the State House and in the Congress.