Thursday, November 29, 2007

Gridlock Continues in Springfield

One of these days, hopefully, the entire CTA will go under.
  • A plan to divert state tax money to the ailing Chicago-area mass transit systems failed Wednesday night in the Illinois House amid accusations of political gamesmanship.

    Public transportation would have gotten a $440 million boost under the plan. Officials warn that train and bus service in the Chicago area will be cut sharply if aid isn't approved by early January. The state aid would have come from revenue on gasoline sales taxes, essentially creating a $440 million hole in the budget. The plan's backers offered no proposals for filling that hole.
We really hope that the downstate democrats and various republicans realize that they've got Blago, Daley and a whole bunch of Machine democrats over a barrel and can really break them if they put a bit of effort into it.

It's a faint hope, seeing as how any politician would sell out their own mother for a bunch of pork barrel spending for their districts, but it's still a hope we hold onto.

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19 Comments:

Anonymous Fed Up said...

Kill off this mass transit mess. This bullshit just BLEEDS taxpayer money 24/7.

11/29/2007 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of these days, hopefully the gas tax will be raised to pay for the police time assigned to covering traffic and parking violations, and then gas will cost so much that the CTA will be profitable again.

In the meantime, you're a jag and a hypocrite driving around without paying the cost to society, so f*** off.

11/29/2007 02:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't riders charged to take public transportation? I'll bet if it were run by a private company it would be self sufficient.

11/29/2007 04:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put the blame for much of this on the Teflon Mayor. Daley has watched the CTA get worse and worse and be used as a patronage dump by his incompetent buddy Frank Kruesi. When does Daley get held accountable?

11/29/2007 06:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The main issue here is that nothing will get passed because the down state republicans refuse to give any money to the poor / smart individuals that count on public transp[ortation unless they get some money out of it.

11/29/2007 06:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why has the media not asked...."HOW DID THE CTA GET INTO THIS SITUATION"? Could it be the overpriced, lazy, incompetent workers and administrators that have been hired and promoted for the sake of Diversity and political correctness? The CTA and the CPD are in the same trouble for the same reasons. Government can only absorb so muuch incompetence before it collapses! THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE SEEING.

11/29/2007 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley leased the Skyway to a private company for $$$. Daley leased the downtown parking garages to a private company for $$$. Maybe it's time to think about doing the same to the CTA. The city would get some cash in the deal and a private company would run the CTA better than it is now.

11/29/2007 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At what point can we start calling this extortion?

11/29/2007 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Put the blame for much of this on the Teflon Mayor. Daley has watched the CTA get worse and worse and be used as a patronage dump by his incompetent buddy Frank Kruesi. When does Daley get held accountable?

11/29/2007 06:21:00 AM

DALEY ALONG WITH HIS THUG CREW HAVE STOLEN SO MUCH,LIKE WHEN HE SOLD HIS BUDDY MIKE MARCHESE THE NICE PIECE OF CTA PROPERTY DOWNTOWN FOR 1 CENT! HOW MUCH MORE HAS DALEY GIVEN AWAY?

11/29/2007 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The state aid would have come from revenue on gasoline sales taxes"

Suuuuuuuure...go ahead and tax the one thing we're already taxed to death on. Highest gas prices in the country, we have...
Fuckers.

11/29/2007 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the meantime, you're a jag and a hypocrite driving around without paying the cost to society, so f*** off.

Who/what the hell is this softball talking about?

Just another 2am drunk with a computer checking in.

11/29/2007 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just another replay of the Chicago Motto "Ubi est mea?": Where's Mine?

11/29/2007 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRIVATIZE! PRIVATIZE! PRIVATIZE!

11/29/2007 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VOTE FOR REPLUBLICAN REP TOM CROSS (R-OSWEGO) FOR GOVERNOR, PRO POLICE LOW TAXES AND ABOVE ALL INTELLIGENT.

11/29/2007 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CTA should not be given any money. The CTA has mismanaged their finances and now they are on a public relations campaign by creating an artificial "crisis", "doomsday scenarios", etc...

The CTA needs to be held accountable.

11/29/2007 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blagojevich--horrible
Stroger------horrible
Daley--------horrible
Good job Chicago on your Democratic ticket. F*ckin treehugger crybabies. You voted them in..now shut up. Always complaining about Bush, but can't see in front of your face because yo daddy has been tellin you to be Democrat because you live in Chicago. Grow your own food, and make your own clothes then you can complain. Be a leader, and vote for the issues, and not the ticket. I don't care about CTA,RTA..shut the rails and buses down.

11/29/2007 04:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CTA is a social exiperiment that has failed. This is proven year after year as they can't manage within their budget. It is time for the CTA to be privitized. The bus and train routes should be sold to private companies and regulated under contract. There would be no need for the overpaid merchandise mart staff and save the tax payers millons while providing the public better more reliable dervice.

11/29/2007 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With gas being a kick in the nuts and traffic a pain in the ass. How can they still not fix this mess.
Every one in state goverment wants to play tree hugger when it works in there favor, but are not able to fix this crap to help working people.

11/29/2007 09:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it is time to sell off the CTA. The rest of the country and the state should not be subsidizing something only used by Chicagoans, especially something that has been run as poorly as this agency has been for so many years.

If Chicagoans really want to subsidize mediocre mass transit than raise taxes in Chicago to pay for it.

Last year 20% of federal motor fuel taxes was wasted on mass transit scams all over the country. There is not a single one that is operated without significant subsidies.

11/30/2007 08:53:00 AM  

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