Did you see the big news out of Illinois last week? Governor Rauner's new proposed budget – designed to solve Illinois' serious fiscal challenges – calls for cuts to dozens of programs, including passenger rail.
On February 5, 2015 the House T&I Committee introduced a bill to fund and reform existing Amtrak operations. With similar low rates of funding as previous years, it’s yet another status quo bill that we’ve come to expect from Congress.
As one of his first official acts, Governor Rauner signed an executive order putting all major transportation project orders on hold for further review. This includes the new Amtrak routes to Rockford and the Quad Cities.