SPRINGFIELD – A move sponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) that would create a commission to help make the state’s network of new and existing high-speed passenger rail lines a reality is going through the Senate.
“Creating a high-speed rail network would provide a fast, safe and reliable way to travel across the state,” Stadelman said.
The measure would create the High Speed Rail Commission to help the state and organizations like the High-Speed Rail Alliance, which produced a plan to create a high-speed rail line from Chicago to St. Louis in the next 10 years, to be coordinated.
“Connecting Rockford to Chicago by rail has always been a top priority for me,” said Stadelman. “Investing in a high-speed rail network would further expand travel options for residents of Rockford and the rest of the state.”
The commission would also be tasked with producing an annual report for the General Assembly on potential plans for a high-speed rail line between Chicago and St. Louis, with connections to the towns of Rockford, Moline, Peoria and Decatur. The ultimate goal is to modernize and integrate all of Illinois’ rail systems into a single, connected high-speed rail network.
Bill 399 has passed the Senate and is now returning to the House for further consideration.