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Quinn vetoes bills that would have regulated UberX, Lift other apps

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed two related bills that would have placed statewide rules on the unregulated industry that connects passengers and drivers through a smartphone app.

The governor vetoed the measure Monday, saying it would've prevented local governments from adopting rules that fit their communities.

In a statement, Quinn said the legislation was "a one-size-fits-all approach" and ridesharing is "best regulated at the local level."

The bills would have regulated services provided by drivers who use personal vehicles to provide transportation to the public. Customers use their smartphones to order rides offered through companies such as Uber X, Lyft and Sidecar.

The legislation was supported by taxi drivers, who said it would have protected riders and drivers.

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