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Wed Aug 28, 2019, 03:18 PM

Bi-State Development Board Changes Upset St. Louis County Executive

The balance of power on the regionís transportation authority board has shifted toward St. Clair County in Illinois ó and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page isnít happy about it.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new state law this week that gives St. Clair County another permanent seat on the Bi-State Development Corporation board. The change effectively gives St. Clair veto power over operations that include local light rail and bus service.

Page said thatís unfair, since St. Louis County contributes far more money to Bi-State than St. Clair. St. Louis County provides about half of the transit systemís money. St. Clair is responsible for less than a fifth of it, he said.

Page said St. Louis County was caught off guard by the change in the makeup of the Bi-State board. Upon learning of the bill, Pageís office contacted Pritzkerís staff on Friday to discourage him from signing it into law.


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