Uber is asking its users in Illinois to reach out to their legislators to fight two bills pushing to regulate the industry.
The ride-sharing bills were designed to create statewide standards for ride-sharing. They passed overwhelmingly in both the House and the Senate before Governor Pat Quinn vetoed both.
This week legislators plan to vote on whether to override those vetoes.
Drivers for companies such as UberX, Lyft and Sidecar use their own vehicles to pick up customers and make money. It's an industry that is growing quickly, and one that currently isn't regulated by the state.
The state's ride-share legislation calls for background checks and commercial liability insurance. While some ride-share companies already offer forms of these, legislators want the same uniform standard for everyone dipping into the ride-share business.
The legislation also requires drivers who work more than 36 hours in a two-week period to follow similar rules taxi drivers follow, such as having a chauffeur's license, and driving a vehicle that isn't more than four years old.
Ride-share companies such as Uber say the strict regulations would hurt the ride-share industry, while the Illinois Transportation Trade Association says without a statewide ride-share law the public's safety is in question.
If the state bill passes, it would enact stricter rules statewide, and cities would have the ability to increase regulation if they choose.