cta picAs city officials trumpet news of a multi-million dollar expansion of the CTA’s Blue Line to O’Hare, state lawmakers from the Southside are once again wondering when the CTA will keep its promises to improve mass transit in their area.

“People who live in Skokie have a faster commute downtown than residents on the South Side,” said state Senator Emil Jones III, chairman of the Senate Black Caucus. “For decades the CTA keeps saying it can’t find money for the Red Line extension, but somehow it can find nearly half a billion dollars for the Blue Line.”

Jones’ frustration boiled over this week with the CTA’s announcement of a $492 million plan to redo the Blue Line. Federal transportation officials flew in to announce a $120 million federal loan for the project.

Meanwhile, on the Southside officials are left wondering when the needs of their communities are going to be addressed. Since the 1970s community advocates, church and business leaders have pushed to extend the Red Line beyond its current stop at 95th Street. There have been CTA plans and studies, town hall meetings and training programs to prepare people for possible work.

And once again nothing has happened, even as millions of dollars are devoted to other parts of the CTA system.

Read more: South Side transit needs ignored again by CTA

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raise-minimum-wageToday, the Illinois Senate sided with the people of Illinois by passing legislation to increase the minimum wage. State Senator Emil Jones (D- Chicago) issued the following statement:

“Last November, the people of Illinois made their voices heard loud and clear by overwhelmingly supporting a minimum wage increase by referendum,” Senator Jones said. “The cost of living is continually increasing, putting families at risk of being unable to keep up with their bills. Raising the minimum wage will help families cope with rising costs.

Read more: Senator Jones supports minimum wage increase

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072414LL0119CHICAGO - State Senator Emil Jones (D-Chicago) continued his fight in the battle against consumer deception when he recently hosted a Senior Fraud and Prevention Workshop.

The event featured representatives from the Department on Aging and the Attorney General’s office, who gave presentations on how to identify fraudulent action on credit reports and in investment accounts, while also informing people on what to do when facing these issues.

“Our seniors are some of the most valued residents in our community,” Senator Jones said. “I want to ensure my community is aware of predatory financial practices and knows what steps to take if and when affected.”

One of Senator Jones most recent efforts to curb consumer exploitation was a measure that regulates the prepaid and reloadable credit card industry. The legislation ensures users of these cards are given full disclosure about fees and associated charges.

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