Mass transit could take hit under Rauner’s budget cuts

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WOODSTOCK, Ill -- Transit officials in the Chicago area are already making dire predictions for mass transit if Illinois lawmakers approve Gov Rauner's new budget.

The proposed budget cuts could eliminate $170 million dollars from Chicago-area mass transit.

The CTA, Metra and Pace all contend they could lose most of their funding which would force possible service cuts and rate hikes.

The CTA, which provides 81 percent of the rides in the area, would suffer the largest funding hit under Rauner's fiscal 2016 budget proposal, Regional Transportation Authority officials said.

Officials at Metra, which would lose 60 percent of state funding, or $20.8 million, said service reductions would be unavoidable under the Rauner cuts.

Gov Rauner was in Woodstock Thursday and defended his budget.

Protestors gathered outside the McHenry County Government Center to voice their displeasure with the governor’s proposed cuts to human services.

-The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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  • Diane.

    The piggy bank is empty and if Chicagoans don’t want a property tax hike than you have to make cuts in all the government services across the board. Sooner of later you have to pay the piper.