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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has called a special session of the General Assembly next week in Springfield. It’s purpose is to resolve the funding crisis with mass transit. Chicago Public Radio’s Mike Rhee reports.

Governor Blagojevich says lawmakers have to come up with new funding for the CTA, Metra and Pace. All three agencies have scheduled cuts in service and fare hikes for next year. The governor says despite two emergency bail-outs for the CTA, legislators aren’t acting.

BLAGOJEVICH: Therefore, I think it’s incumbent upon us to get everybody down to Springfield next Wednesday, well after the Thanksgiving holiday, and hopefully we can get a solution that is long-term lasting and fair to the people.

Blagojevich says he remains opposed to a sales tax hike in the region. He instead says he favors a proposal to use sales taxes from gasoline in the area. The governor last called a special session to deal with mass transit in August. His meeting in Chicago last week with legislators and Mayor Richard Daley also produced no results.

I’m Mike Rhee, Chicago Public Radio.

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