Sandoval high speed railSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed a measure Wednesday sponsored by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) to create a commission that would explore opportunities to create a statewide high-speed rail network.

Senate Bill 1988 would create an 18 member High Speed Railway Commission comprised of representatives from state government and industry organizations that would create a plan to create a high-speed rail network connecting St. Louis with Chicago. The proposed route for the railway would pass through several Illinois cities, including Champaign, Decatur and Springfield.

“We’ve been considering a lot of ideas this session about how we can improve our transportation infrastructure and high speed rail may just be one of these solutions,” Sandoval said. “This commission would help us further examine the issue and determine whether new high speed rail lines are right for Illinois.”

The bill passed the Senate 54-0. It will now go before the House of Representatives.

Office Info

Springfield Office:
Senator 12th District
111 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-5304

District Office:
5807 W. 35th Street
Cicero, IL 60804
708-656-2002