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Political and adult film ads will be banned from CTA property

Political and public issues advertising as well as ads for adult or mature-rated films and video games will be banned from CTA property under a new policy approved Wednesday.

That means political candidates can no longer advertise on CTA buses but they can still shake voters’ hands outside CTA stations — a campaign technique used often by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.

Abortion clinics could advertise the cost or location of their services but not advocate for them, CTA officials said in response to reporter questions.

Right now, said CTA President Forrest Claypool, “We spend a lot of time and effort on lawyers” dealing with questionable ads.

With the CTA’s shift from an “open” to a “closed” forum, “we remove those headaches. We remove those costs.”

Based on prior months, CTA officials estimated the move could shave $100,000 from the $20 million the CTA makes on advertising a year. Only 1 percent of the agency’s ads were political or involved public issues, officials said.

Most of the political ads were for judicial candidates, they said.

The new policy approved by the CTA board only allows three categories of ads: commercial /promotional; governmental and public service announcements.

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