State News
1:19 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Ongoing clean-up of Galena area train derailment

Clean-up of an oil train derailment continues in Illinois' far northwestern corner.  A BNSF train passing through Galena derailed on Thursday.

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State News
3:58 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Rauner's budget would cut $16M from Amtrak funding

Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed state budget would cut $16 million from Illinois' funding for Amtrak trains that serve downstate areas.

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State News
6:46 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

CN Disputes Blame For Poor Amtrak On-Time Performance

The Canadian National railroad says Amtrak’s poor on-time performance for trains using their track is not entirely its fault.  

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7:16 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Train Derailment in northern Peoria County

Train derailment south of Laura Illinois
Credit Alex Rusciano



A train derailment in northern Peoria County left more than 40 rail cars off the tracks but no injuries. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train was heading west near the community of Laura, Illinois. The incident came as severe thunderstorms moved through the area. Andy Williams is a spokesman with BNSF. He says no roadways were blocked by the train, and crews are working to clear the two rail lines:

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12:17 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Winter weather hits Illinois trains, too.

During winter weather, it’s common for flights to be cancelled and roads to be closed. Usually the trains still run without incident. But during the winter storm of the past few days, Amtrak passengers in the region found themselves stranded on trains for hours at time. Illinois Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl reports:
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