Illinois gets $186M for high speed rail -

Illinois gets $186M for high speed rail

CHICAGO (AP) -- The high speed rail effort between Chicago and St. Louis is getting a $186 million boost from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The funding was announced Wednesday by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and Gov. Pat Quinn. It comes from a $400 million reappropriation of money that was rejected by the governor of Florida.

The money is to be used to pay for track and other improvements between Dwight and Joliet. Officials say it will create nearly 6,000 jobs.

In the last year Illinois has been awarded more than $1.4 billion in high speed rail funding.

Illinois in December received $42.3 million in high speed rail money rejected by the governors of Ohio and Wisconsin.

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