Amtrak: Illinois Budget Cuts Would Mean Fewer Trains

Apr 17, 2015
Rich Egger

Amtrak says it doesn’t know which services would be affected if Illinois cuts its funding. But the rail company says it’s sure there would be some service reductions if its grant is cut by a proposed $16 million.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Iowa Fertilizer Company shut down construction at the site of its new plant in Lee County for at least the next few days.  The company released a statement Friday afternoon that said its "engineering, procurement and construction contractor has reassigned some of the work from a specific subcontractor to other subcontractors on site."

T.J. Carson

A candidate in the special election to replace former Congressman Aaron Schock wants to make changes to Social Security.  But he's not sharing many details.

TSPR'S Rich Egger

Last fall, then-Governor Pat Quinn allocated nearly $35 million to pave two of the four lanes of the northwest section of the Macomb Bypass. That project will go out to bid in June with construction slated to start late summer.

An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal shooting early Wednesday morning in Burlington. 

The Burlington Police Department announced late Wednesday evening that Maurice Green, 43, of Burlington was taken into custody in Galesburg and charged with 1st Degree Murder in the death of Matthew Banks, 28, also of Burlington.

Frannie Smith TSPR

Some faculty members at Western Illinois University feel there's been a decline in female students studying STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  So they're working to create an initiative with the College of Arts and Science to provide scholarships, mentoring opportunities, and travel grants to such students.

The multiple entrances for each of Lee County's three most-frequented public buildings are considered potential safety threats due to the number of people using them each day. 

A plan to better secure them is now under consideration by the county, but it could be a couple weeks before it comes up for a vote.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Burlington School District has filled a pair of administrative vacancies.  And it's confident one hiring does not violate its own nepotism policy.

Rich Egger

The city hoped to pay for a multi-million dollar facelift to the courthouse square with local sales tax revenue and a state grant.  But it appears the state grant program won’t be offering money for at least another year.

T.J. Carson

State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) wants to find ways to keep an Amtrak line chugging along through his district.  He said service could be cut on the Illinois Zephyr line as part of Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed 40% reduction in funding for in-state Amtrak lines.