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Another round of fare hikes and service cuts could be coming to Chicago area transit riders soon.

That's the message from the agency that oversees MetraPACE and the CTA.

Yesterday, the Regional Transportation Authority warned that transit riders will face fare hikes and service cuts unless Illinois state lawmakers help bail them out of a budget shortfall.

Last December, the RTA approved operating budgets that projected a $226 million shortfall in funds.

But they and others held out hope that Springfield would come running to the rescue.

So far that hasn't happened, but RTA Chairman James Reilly says time is running out:

The RTA's call for short-term help comes on top of its request for a $10 billion capital improvement plan.

The call for more transit funding was hardly the only news swirling through the State Capitol yesterday.

Illinois Public Radio's Statehouse Bureau Chief Sean Crawford has been following it all and joins us to talk about it.

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