Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 8:46 pm
Amtrak ridership in Illinois has risen in recent years; it's up almost 85 percent from 2006 through last year. That trend developed after the rail service added routes. The train service could grow more in the future.
In 2006, lines branching out from Chicago that went to Carbondale, Quincy and St. Louis added trips.
Illinois are moving forward with plans for a major airport south of the city of Chicago. Part of that plan includes the State of Illinois owning and operating a small general aviation airport near Monee in Will County where the long proposed South Suburban one will go.
The Illinois Department of Transportation purchased Bult Field for $34 million.
The purchase includes 288 acres of land and a 5,000 foot runway.