The Illinois House has voted overwhelmingly -- by a margin of 83 to 27, with three lawmakers voting "present" -- to scale back free mass transit rides for senior citizens. Under the measure introduced by Rep.
Suzanne Bassi (R-Palatine), individual seniors earning less than $27,610 a year or couples taking in below $36,635 would still ride buses and
trains for free. More-affluent seniors would pay half-fare. The measure -- which is anticipated to save the
cash-strapped Regional Transportation Authority $37 million a year -- now heads to the Senate.