The governor Monday vetoed legislation that would have increased regulations of ride-sharing companies, and lawmakers in his own party are not pleased. Gov. Pat Quinn is justifying his veto by saying local governments can regulate these services, which allow people to hail rides on their phones from drivers who are using their personal cars. One of the co-sponsors of the bill, State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago), argues that Quinn is allowing drivers without commercial licenses to operate commercial vehicles.
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To Sandoval, that’s similar to what landed former Gov. George Ryan in prison. “There was a family that died some years ago because there was a governor…whose administration was selling his office for licenses,” Sandoval said. “Does that ring a bell?” Sandoval believes the veto was politically motivated, since Quinn’s Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner, came out against the legislation. The bill originally passed both the Illinois House and Senate with more than the three-fifths majority vote that would be required to override the veto.