Ardis, Durbin and LaHood push for high speed rail service

By WEEK Reporter

February 20, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:36 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- TIF funding and commuter rail service topped the agenda at a meeting of Peoria city leaders on Wednesday.

The topics were discussed during a joint meeting of the Peoria City Council and the Board of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees got an update on meetings with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

LaHood, Senator Dick Durbin and Mayor Jim Ardis say bringing high speed to Peoria would be an economic boost.

"Rail transportation in the United States is only going to increase going forward," Mayor Ardis said. "As opposed to not getting the leadership in line when I-55 went from Chicago to St. Louis we kind of lost out on that and it went through Bloomington, so I think it's important we get in line now and get ourselves connected into high speed."

City leaders say that even if it is okay-ed and funded, it could be another five to ten years before rail service would begin to roll into the River City.

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