Union Station

An Amtrak employee has pleaded guilty to a scheme in which he steered thousands of dollars in business from its "Polar Express" train ride to his wife's photo company.

Amtrak officials say three cars derailed when a train carrying about 200 passengers arrived in Chicago from the East Coast.  Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the train was switching from track to track when three cars in the middle of the eleven-car train lost contact with the track.

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Amtrak is making plans to unveil improvements at Chicago's Union Station, including the new Metropolitan Lounge.  The $7 million-dollar lounge opens to the public on Monday. Customers will be greeted by Amtrak customer service representatives who will check their baggage and later help them board their trains. 

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A federal report says air quality testing found soot concentrations were higher on the platforms at Chicago's Union Station than on the streets outside the commuter station.