Illinois legislators usually get nothing but grief when they raise taxes, but this summer a group is touring the state to say "thanks" for raising the gas tax. Wednesday the Transportation for Illinois Coalition visited the Quad Cities to recognize two members of the General Assembly who voted "yes."
Prospects are improving for the advent of passenger rail service between the Quad Cities and Chicago. During the just completed session of the Illinois General Assembly, $225 million was set aside for the proposed Amtrak service that has been in the works for many, many years.
Another effort is underway to combine two elected statewide offices in Illinois. Tuesday two republicans, Jim Dodge who's running for state treasurer and Darlene Senger, candidate for comptroller, brought their campaigns to merge the offices to the Quad Cities.
A member of the Illinois General Assmbly from the Quad Cities wants to help expand passenger rail service in this part of the country. State Representative Mike Halpin from Rock Island has just been appointed to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission.
Illinois may help communities along the Mississippi River save their historic buildings. State representative Mike Halpin from Rock Island is sponsoring a bill to make tax credits available for rehabilitating historic structures.