- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Officials say ridesharing giant Uber will create 420 jobs in the next two years in a major expansion of its Chicago regional headquarters.

Gov. Pat Quinn joined in the announcement Monday. The Democrat says his veto action last month killed legislation that would have set up statewide restrictions on Uber and kept it from expanding.

Uber’s Chicago office covers the company’s central region, including Texas and Canada. There are currently 80 full-time employees who support Uber operations in more than 40 cities across 16 states and Canadian provinces.

Uber is in 11 Illinois cities.

Uber is a commercial ridesharing company in which drivers who use the company’s platform are independent contractors.

Quinn says his veto allows cities to craft their own regulations for such services.

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