Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Durbin to Discuss Illinois High Speed Rail with Governor Quinn in Washington

From the Office of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) will meet with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn TOMORROW, June 3 at 9:45 AM ET to discuss efforts to bring high speed rail to Illinois. Durbin and Quinn have been working together with other lawmakers to help Illinois compete for the $8 billion available in funding for high speed rail through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Later tomorrow, Quinn will meet with Vice President Joe Biden and a handful of other governors to discuss nationwide high speed rail efforts.

In April, Durbin met with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, the Chairman of the Amtrak Board of Directors, Tom Carper, and state leaders to discuss Illinois’ commitment to fighting for and winning the federal dollars needed to make high-speed rail in Illinois a reality. They pointed to the Chicago to St. Louis line as the state’s premier route and top priority. Durbin, Quinn and the others also discussed efforts to extend new passenger rail service from Chicago to Rockford and the Quad Cities.

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