Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Statement on Illinois Taking Steps toward building Quad-Cities to Chicago Rail

MOLINE, IL – Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voiced her strong support for Illinois’ decision to move forward with the long delayed Quad-Cities to Chicago rail project. Bustos, who serves as a member of the House Transportation Committee, has vocally supported the $177 million federal investment to build this project, however for 18 months, the State government has refused to provide their portion of the funding.

With a June 30th deadline to accept this federal investment in Illinois’ future, Bustos wrote Governor Rauner in April and urged him to move ahead before it was too late. Last Thursday, with just two weeks until the deadline, Bustos resent her letter with a handwritten note urging the Governor to move ahead before missing out on a major economic development opportunity for our community. If the state had moved ahead with this project as it was approved, it would have been completed by now. However with the funds set to expire on June 30, the decision to allow an extension on the funding now falls to the Federal Rail Administration.

“I am glad that we were able to convince Governor Rauner to stop stalling and move toward accepting this $177 million job-creating federal investment, however his decision to wait until the last minute means that the Federal Rail Administration must decide whether to allow an extension on this project,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Times are tough across Illinois and every dollar spent on infrastructure creates about two dollars worth of new economic investment. By completing this project, we’ll make our community more attractive to businesses while putting Illinoisans back to work. While the State’s decision to move ahead is a step in the right direction, our work to secure the future of this project is not finished and I will be working to do everything in my power to make sure we succeed.”