Aldermen Try to Avoid CTA Doomsday

Six Chicago aldermen descend on Springfield Thursday

By BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Oct 15, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 PM CDT
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Aldermen Try to Avoid CTA Doomsday

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The Illinois Statehouse

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Seems like Springfield is the popular (or unpopular, depending how you look at it) place to be this week.

Not only did students from around the state descend upon the capital city on Thursday, but a half-dozen Chicago aldermen, threatened by the possibility of another Chicago Transit Authority doomsday, headed south as well.

Ald. Helen Shiller, 46th, one of the six aldermen at the Capitol, said the first goal is to argue against PACE, the suburban bus agency, getting any of the funding now going to the CTA, as some have suggested should happen, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Discussions will then turn to generating new revenue.

The CTA this week made recommendations to jack fares and cut service in an effort to close a $300 million budget gap.

Separately, dozens of PACE bus routes across the suburbs could be eliminated or reduced under a budget unveiled Wednesday.

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