From the Illinois Department of Transportation
“Billions of ARRA stimulus dollars are at stake to develop a successful High Speed Rail program in Illinois. Every lost opportunity to expand service or develop the necessary infrastructure will place further pressure on future federal and state dollars. IDOT has been working diligently toward a compromise with the city of Springfield and Sangamon County including the best mitigation option. We have met with the City and County each day since Friday and are trading proposals even now. Time is running out and the options presented by Springfield for the 10th street corridor do not meet the requirements for submission of a successful high speed rail application. The time has come and we are urging Springfield to support the High Speed Rail initiative,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig.