Transportation vehicles 'for hire' have been regulated in Illinois for decades. There is a reason for that! You may be thinking BIG GOVERNMENT shouldn't be regulating businesses. We agree with that statement to a degree. Plumbers, electricians, contractors, airplane pilots, truck drivers, restaurants, bars and many more industries nationwide require a 'checks and balance' system through special licensing requirements. This is important when working with the general public.
Using an argument about "being innovative through an APP shouldn't require a level playing field" just isn't good enough when you are transporting people and children.
Here's an example:
Would you want your child being transported in a school bus without the bus driver passing a fingerprint background check?
How about the bus driver not having the proper drivers license endorsement for school bus driving?
What about the bus not having a mechanical inspection done---EVER?
How would you feel if something really bad happened and there was no live person to call and talk to?
This is the reality of the ride app companies.
BE INFORMED. Be safe.