Moline, IL – With just two weeks to go until Illinois misses out on $177 million in federal funding to build a job-creating rail line from Chicago to the Quad-Cities, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos again called on Governor Rauner to honor the state’s obligation to this project before it’s too late.
In April, Bustos wrote a letter to Governor Rauner requesting that he either provide the state’s funding portion, which was previously approved and has nothing to do with the budget crisis, or take action to avoid losing the federal funds that have already been secured. With the state continuing to delay its response, today Bustos released an updated version of her letter urging the Governor to honor the state’s obligation to this project.
“I’m very alarmed that the Governor refuses to act on a project that could create new jobs and economic development opportunities in the Quad-Cities and across our state,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “With just two weeks until we lose out on $177 million in federal funds to build passenger rail from the Quad-Cities to Chicago, the clock is ticking for Governor Rauner to do his part. After nearly a year of failure from Springfield, it would be inexcusable for the Governor to turn his back on our community once again, especially since the state’s obligation has nothing to do with the budget crisis.”