Illinois leaders discuss concerns over Amtrak funding

July 28, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KWQC) – Amtrak is important to communities across Illinois, especially in Moline, Galesburg and Macomb and Champaign. That was the message Tuesday during a meeting of The Midwest High Speed Rail Association. Members said subsidies for passenger rail service comes from the road fund, instead of the general fund and Illinois Governor Rauner has proposed cutting road fund expenditures from $42 million to $26 million.

During the meeting, two state lawmakers from the Quad City area offered bi-partisan support for the service. Illinois Representative Don Moffit (R) Gilson said the rail service is good for the environment, the economy, tourism and the state’s college students, who depend on Amtrak to get to schools like the University of Illinois in Champaign and Western Illinois University in Macomb. Rep. Pat Verschoore, (D) Milan, added despite state funding cuts, the City of Moline is spending its own money on a project to bring Amtrak service to downtown.

 

Read the full story from KWQC TV 6 here.

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