Illinois Department of Transportation chose the Canadian National line, which runs through Genoa, in its application to the federal government for stimulus funds.
The project was not picked for federal funding, so Gov. Pat Quinn appropriated $60 million from the state’s capital budget for it. In late March, Quinn announced the route would go through Belvidere on a Union Pacific route. A few days later, IDOT officials confirmed to the Daily Chronicle that the Chicago-to-Dubuque service would stop in Belvidere – noting that the route was decided by Quinn and not transportation officials.
Genoa Chamber Executive Director Bonnie Hanson said that a final decision has yet to be made.
“According to the last time we spoke to Amtrak, which was last week, no contracts had been signed, no construction had begun,” Hanson said Monday.
State Sen. Brad Burzynski, R-Rochelle, said the money for the project hasn’t been released by the state, which is why contracts haven’t been signed
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