Champaign, Illinois groups form coalition to keep trains funded

June 30, 2015

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County first group, a partnership of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, is forming a coalition to preserve Amtrak rail funding and service level along the I-57 corridor.

This coalition comes as a result of the budget stalemate occurring in the Illinois capitol. These groups seek to protect the Illini and Saluki trains that connect the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University and the Southern Illinois Universities. The connection of these academic areas is known as the I-57 Amtrak Knowledge Corridor.

The Champaign County first group is launching an online petition to alert state elected officials to the need for the I-57 corridor to be maintained.

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Laura Weis believes the online petition will work quickly to bring several communities together for a common interest. Partners are working to spread the message to their respective state elected officials that the rail service should be maintained.


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