Carbondale, Illinois chamber urges governor to maintain Amtrak funds

August 15, 2015

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is urging Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to refrain from cutting funding for Amtrak service to the community.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently approved a resolution drafted by the organization’s Government Affairs Committee asking the governor to maintain funding levels for Amtrak service on the Interstate 57 corridor at current levels. Carbondale is served by three round-trip passenger trains on a daily basis.

In a letter sent to the governor and copied to state legislators and the secretary of the Illinois Dept. of Transportation, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce President Steve Falat reminded Gov. Rauner of the importance of Amtrak service to the community and region as well as to Southern Illinois University.

Carbondale’s appeal to maintain Amtrak funding joins similar requests from other communities served by the same trains including Champaign and Charleston.

Read the full text of the letter by clicking here.

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