SPRINGFIELD – Suburban public transit could see a larger share of Regional Transportation Authority funding under a plan introduced by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

The plan requires RTA to divide its discretionary funds between Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transportation Authority at the same rate as other state funding.

“This discretionary money is being doled out under an old, lopsided system. Suburban commuters are losing out on millions because this funding isn’t covered by the same rules,” Cullerton said.

In 2008, state lawmakers updated RTA’s funding formula so money from a regional sales tax and state funds would be distributed more evenly: 48% for CTA, 39% for Metra and 13% for Pace.

The Illinois Department of Transportation provides RTA’s discretionary funding, which is calculated off of the existing local sales tax. In 2013, when RTA divided $185 million of discretionary funding CTA received 98% or $181 million, Pace received 2% equaling $3.7 million and Metra was given a flat amount of $7 million from higher than expected sales taxes.

If RTA divided that same $185 million based on the 2008 formula the breakdown would have been roughly: $88.8 million for CTA, $72.2 million for Metra and $24 million for Pace.

Cullerton introduced the plan as an amendment to existing legislation, Senate Bill 2610.

 

 

 

PONTIAC – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) and other state lawmakers toured Pontiac Correctional Center during a visit hosted by the Illinois Department of Corrections and Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) on Monday.

“This tour reinforced the need to maintain safe, effective operations that protect guards, staff and the communities these facilities reside in. It’s always valuable for lawmakers to see how our votes impact facility operations and — more importantly — people’s lives,” Cullerton said.

Pontiac Correctional Center houses maximum- and medium-security inmates as well as inmates with mental health issues.

Read more: Suburban lawmakers tour state correctional facility

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) met with members of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference in the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Cullerton updated the mayors on upcoming legislation impacting local government in DuPage County.

 

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Pictured left to right: Mayors Rich Veenstra of Addison, Frank Trilla of Willowbrook, Senator Tom Cullerton, Franco Coladipietro of Bloomingdale, Ron Gunter of Wesmont and Rodney Craig of Hanover Park

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