Uber coming to area

Uber is coming to the Sauk Valley.

The company announced expanding transportation services to 39 counties throughout Illinois, including Lee, Whiteside, Bureau and Carroll counties starting last week.

“We are thrilled to make Uber available throughout the state of Illinois,” said David Shapir, Uber’s General Manager for Illinois. “Whether you need an affordable ride to the grocery store or are looking to earn extra money on your own schedule, all Illinoisians will now have access to the Uber platform.

“We know these are uncertain times and over the last few months, our tech and safety teams have been hard at work building new product features that help protect everyone, every time they use Uber.”

Masks and face-coverings are mandatory for both riders and drivers.

Drivers must undergo a multi-step safety screen, including being checked for driving violations, impaired driving, violent crime, and other checks.

Go to uber.com for more information or to download the app.