Gov. Quinn to Make a Major Passenger Rail Service Announcement in Rockford Thursday

Quinn announces $8.6B construction program
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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says a new $8.6 billion construction program will improve roads and bridges throughout the state.
   He announced the program Wednesday at the state Capitol. The six-year program's projects include allotting $585 million for new Metra commuter cars. It also includes $222 million for a new passenger rail service between Chicago and Moline and $74 million for Interstate 70 resurfacing and bridge work in the Effingham area.
   The project will be paid for primarily through federal funds with about $1.5 billion in state and local funds.
   Quinn also wants to form a bipartisan working group to sign off on a future capital bill. The state Legislature passed the last $31 billion capital construction program in 2009. It was paid for through video poker revenue and tax increases.

Gov. Quinn to ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- There could be new hope for passenger rail service in Rockford.

We're expected to find out on Thursday whether that train will make permanent a stop in Rockford and Belvidere, it's a project that's been in the works for years and one that hasn't really gotten on the right track.

Governor Pat Quinn will be in town Thursday to talk about a new $8.6 billion construction program. Which will use more than $250 million to re-establish the service, however, from the looks of it no projects are scheduled in Rockford from 2015-2020.


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