IL legislators rethink free-rides perk, though pending bill faces opposition - KMOV.com

IL legislators rethink free-rides perk, though pending bill faces opposition

 

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CHICAGO (AP) -- It's not certain a bill curtailing free bus and train rides for Illinois seniors will become law.

The House this week overwhelmingly approved the legislation that would withdraw the perk from better-off seniors.

If approved by the state Senate, then signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn, free rides would continue for seniors whose annual income is around $27,600 or lower -- $36,600 for a two-person household.

But some Senators say they'll oppose the bill. State Sen. Rickey Hendon says the salary thresholds are too low and will mean snatching benefits away from many seniors already scrambling to make ends meet.

And Gov. Quinn isn't clear about whether he'll sign any such legislation.

Asked about his position on the measure today, Quinn spokeswoman Annie Thompson would only say Quinn's office won't comment.

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