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   Aug 14

Urge Governor to Veto HB 1091

CALL IN ALERT! STOP HB1091 PRIVATIZATION BILL!

Only 10 days left to call Gov. Quinn

HB1091 Transportation: Public-Private Partnership Bill, passed the Illinois legislature in May, and was sent to Governor Quinn for signature on June 24, 2011. The Governor has until August 23, 2011 to veto or amend the bill.

The Bill grants IL Dept. of Transportation and IL State Toll Highway Authority exclusive powers for developing, financing and operating transportation projects with private entities through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

Please call Governor Quinn today and ask him to veto HB1091!

* HB1091 IS A TROJAN HORSE!
* BAD FOR ILLINOIS CITIZENS
* VIOLATES PRINCIPLE OF TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT
* VIOLATES PRINCIPLE OF PUBLIC CONTROL OVER PUBLIC FUNDS
* MORE COSTLY – FUNDING WITH PRIVATE BONDS IS MORE EXPENSIVE
THAN FUNDING WITH PUBLIC BONDS

Specific problems with HB1091:
. Private leasing could extend up to 99-years.

. Under the Bill, the terms of Public-Private Partnership Agreements (PPPs) are vague and would give too much power to Illinois Dept. of Transportation (IDOT) and/or the Illinois Tollway Authority. These agencies would have sole authority to approve or reject proposals, to increase fees and maintain transportation. Neither the legislative nor executive branches would have the power to approve, amend, or veto specific PPPs.

. The Bill allows only 7 days notice of a Public Hearing — not enough time for the public to learn the details. Bid solicitation requirements also are designed to provide little or no information to the public on how public resources would be used. The Bill would pre-empt the authority of other state agencies and municipalities, so that they cannot object to and would not receive advance notice of bid solicitation or proposals.

. The Bill gives public transportation agencies the power to allocate public grants and other federal financing tools.

. Under the Bill Public monies would be allowed to be co-mingled with private funds, and, therefore, permit less public transparency and accountability.

. The complex financing for privatization deals provided by the Bill requires much greater analysis and scrutiny and, therefore, greater taxpayer costs.
. The Bill allows only 60 days for the filing of legal objections.

We must insist that our public resources be used to benefit citizens, not to pay exorbitant interest rates and to fund corporate profits. Too many privatization deals have cost taxpayers higher prices, less access, and fewer services… with insufficient transparency and accountability.

Add your voice to call for Governor Quinn to veto HB1091!

When: Tuesday August 16, Wed. August 17 and Thursday August 18.
Where: Call Springfield (217) 782-0244, or Chicago (312) 814-2121

To review a copy of HB 1091 and see how your State Legislators voted:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=1091&GAID=11&GA=97&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=56925&SessionID=84

Call today! Call your friends to call!

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