State lawmakers are backing the creation of an east-west passenger rail corridor across Illinois through McLean, Tazewell, and Peoria Counties. The Illinois House has unanimously approved a non-binding resolution endorsing a possible Amtrak route from the Quad Cities in the west to Danville in the east. The route would include stops in Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington-Normal and Champaign-Urbana. No cost estimate was discussed. Republican state Rep. Don Moffitt of Gilson is sponsoring the proposal. He says the route could be an important link for college students and would offer more residents of the state an alternative to driving. The state's current Amtrak lines run from northern Illinois to southern and southwestern parts of the state between Chicago and the cities of Quincy, St. Louis and Carbondale.
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