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Illinois giving $60 million for rail routes

Posted By Tina Grady Barbaccia On February 1, 2010 @ 10:59 am In Economics,News & Analysis | No Comments

Illinois will put $60 million in state capital funds toward Amtrak passenger rail routes from Chicago to Dubuque, Iowa, and the Quad Cities, the state’s governor Pat Quinn said on Saturday, according to a report from The Associated Press [1].

The new service could result in up to 2,000 new jobs, including 650 construction jobs, according to the report. [1]

Gov. Quinn announced that Illinois will spend $45 million on a route from Chicago to the Quad Cities. According to the governor’s office, that route could lead to 825 new jobs, including 440 construction jobs, the report said [1].

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[1] The Associated Press: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-passengerrail-iow,0,6346894.story

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