The Chicago Reader recently interviewed me about my FOIA lawsuit against the Chicago Transit Authority...and some of the more interesting obstacles that got in the way of it.

http://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/jason-prechtel-interview-ventra-cta/Content?oid=18650024

Since I last posted here about the results of my lawsuit (http://www.culturebore.com/2015/07/6-ventra-facts-i-learned-from-my-foia.html?m=1),

I uploaded all the documents for anyone to see over at DocumentCloud:

https://www.documentcloud.org/public/search/Group:%20culturebore

also wrote a piece for Curbed showing evidence that a consultant on the project may have sold confidential CTA info to Toronto:

http://m.chicago.curbed.com/archives/2015/07/17/ventra-chicago-and-toronto.php

There's a lot more I would say here if I weren't currently typing this on a smartphone from Europe. For now, I'll just add this:

ANY attempt to privatize a public asset anywhere (particularly if it's public transportation) deserves public attention. Public feedback. Public debate. But most importantly, it deserves the public's ability to say no to the decision-makers and question the logic and arguments from their presumed "expert" consultants.

None of this ever happened in the procurement process that led to Ventra. 

Furthermore, I hope the full scope of what I have said and written about this particular subject encourages people to demand answers from their governments - local or otherwise - when the official story just doesn't sound like the full truth.

If I can do it, you can do it, too.