Comprehensive RTA reform bill signed into law

After reading a scathing report that outlined waste, inefficiency and corruption within the mass-transit boards in Northeastern Illinois, State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake), who serves as the Minority Spokesperson for the House Mass Transit Committee, went to work on reforms that would improve transparency and accountability within the service boards that fall under the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). Last week Governor Quinn signed those reforms into law.

According to Tryon, the provisions of SB3056, now known as Public Act 98-1027, will go far in enhancing the transparency of the operations and financial expenditures of the agencies that provide transit services to Chicago and the suburban area. "The provisions of this bill are a result of almost a full year of negotiations with representatives from the RTA, CTA, PACE and METRA,” said Tryon. “All of the provisions were part of legislation I filed earlier this year, so I was pleased to see those reforms worked into the final bill.” Read more.