Rideshare company Uber is now up and running in Rockford, Aurora, Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington-Normal. Customers request rides through a smartphone app, and Uber drivers use their own cars.
Gov. Bruce Rauner was in the University of Illinois Research Park for the announcement Sunday. He said bringing the service to university towns helps areas traditionally underserved by cabs.
The Governor said he’s glad former governor Pat Quinn vetoed a bill that would have placed statewide regulations on rideshare services like Uber, in favor of conventional taxicabs.