Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced Thursday that the Federal Railroad Administration had signed off on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed rail corridor from Chicago to St. Louis, a large milestone for the proposed high speed rail project.

The EIS advances the identification of preferred alternatives, including the Rock Island Corridor as the recommended route between Joliet and Chicago and a Tier 2 project-level evaluation for the Springfield Rail Improvement Project, which recommended a consolidated train route along 10th Street through Springfield.

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