mass transit

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Downstate mass transit services have been hit hard by the Illinois budget stalemate. Lawmakers are now looking to remove them from the fight.

Downstate transit is funded in part through city and county sales taxes. Before that money can be spent, it passes through state government. That means transit agencies have to wait in a long line to get paid.

Illinois is more than $11 billion dollars behind.

State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, is sponsoring legislation that essentially would pull downstate transit out of line, sending them tax money directly.

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Rockford’s bus system may have some big changes in store … but not before its riders get a chance to weigh in.