State Gets $42.3 Million More for High-Speed Rail
(Chicago Sun Times) — The incoming Republican governors of Wisconsin and Ohio rejected $1.2 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail — leading to a windfall for Illinois. The state is getting $42.3 million in additional high-speed rail money, federal officials announced Thursday. That is in addition to the $1.2 billion in funding the state received in January to build high-speed rail between Chicago and St. Louis. The improvements will allow trains to increase their speed to 110 mph — and cut travel times from five hours to just over three hours.