Rauner welcomes Uber expansion in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN—Governor Bruce Rauner made a pit stop in Champaign Sunday to celebrate the start of a company he says is helping the state move in the right direction.

If you need a ride around Champaign-Urbana, there's now an app for that.

The ride-sharing network Uber launched in six cities across Illinois Sunday. Governor Bruce Rauner was there when the app went live in Champaign commending the company for the more than 200 jobs it's expansion is expected to bring to the state.

“I look forward to doing everything as governor to welcoming to your company, and innovative, high-tech companies like you,” said Rauner.

Catching a car is as simple as pressing a button. Reserve what you want and a driver will pick you up in their vehicle and drop you off at your destination. All transactions take place in the app.

“When you fire it up and request a ride, the very first thing you see is that driver's face, the make and model of their vehicle, and their license plate number,” said Chris Taylor, general manager at Uber Illinois. “So you know exactly whose car you're getting into.”

And Uber executives know all about their drivers.

“We do unparalleled vetting of drivers,” said Taylor. “Checking their backgrounds at federal, multi-state, state, and county levels.”

It's more innovation like this that Rauner wants to attract to Illinois.

“I want to make sure we can create environments like here, where venture capitalists can come, meet entrepreneurs,” said Rauner.

With new resources to get us where we need to be.

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