The proposed Great Lakes Basin rail project has been the center of controversy among farmers and landowners for the past two months.
The $8 billion project would stretch from southern Wisconsin to Indiana cutting through several counties in Illinois including Grundy and LaSalle.
Industry leaders say the rail line would expedite freight movement in the Chicago area; however Ken Dagget, a Grundy County resident who spoke at the Grundy County Board meeting last week, said proposed railroad would be disastrous for the area.
The Federal Surface Transportation Board is the main governmental agency responsible for approving or denying the project.
Grundy County Farm Bureau Manager Tasha Bunting said farmers and landowners are encouraged to attend a public meeting that will take place on April 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Seneca High School auditorium.
The Surface Transportation Board’s main goal is focusing on completing the environment review process, before other steps begin.

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