Blomington's vehicle-for-hire rules unconstitutional

By WEEK Reporter

August 30, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, IL. -- A McLean County Circuit Judge has ruled that Bloomington's vehicle-for-hire rules are unconstitutional.

The ruling strikes down a provision of the city's vehicle-for-hire ordinance that allows for the city council to keep newcomers out of the marketplace in protection of established businesses.

Judge Rebecca Foley ruled that the ordinance denied entrepreneur Julie Crowe the right to purse her own business.

Last February, Crowe sued the city after she was denied a "certificate of convenience" to operate a 15-passenger van in Bloomington.

In March, the city told reporters at the Pantagraph that a revised ordinance would be submitted to the council in either April or May.

Those proposals have yet to be submitted.

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