Uber interested in expanding into Springfield

SPRINGFIELD - A popular ridesharing and taxi service company has announced its interest in expanding into Springfield in the near future.

Lauren Altmin, a spokesperson for Uber, says the company has talked with Springfield officials, and looks "forward to exploring opportunities."  Uber is among a small group of businesses in Illinois that help passengers connect with drivers, who use their personal vehicles to give rides.

According to Springfield spokesperson Nathan Mihelich, a proposed ordinance allowing ridesharing to do business in Illinois' capital is set to be on a city council agenda in the future.  Under the ordinance, ridesharing drivers must meet requirements set by the city, including background checks, as well as obtain permits and pay an annual permit fee of $500.
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