State News
5:38 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

University officials say Amtrak service reductions would impact schools

The threat of a 40% cut in Amtrak funding drew objections from 16 university and municipal officials this morning.

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State News
4:51 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Oil train rules challenged by Illinois municipalities

oil train derailed March 5th near Galena, Illinois

Two Illinois municipalities are challenging new train safety rules they say would allow the continued use of oil and ethanol tank cars known to fail during accidents.

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State News
5:25 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Amtrak cuts will affect state transit and economy

Cuts the governor is proposing for next year's budget are a concern for transportation officials. 

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State News
5:56 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Amtrak says pets-on-trains is a success

Amtrak says it has not had a single complaint or problem with a pilot project in Illinois allowing customers to travel with small pets. So, it's making the program permanent around the state.

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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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