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In Iowa, folks are darned smart. State lawmakers have been meeting with the local folks on restoring essential service to Chicago. The Dispatch-Argus-Leader has a complete report.

Rep. Nekritz, chair of the House Rail Safety Committee, appeared with state Rep. Donald Moffitt,of Galesburg, the Republican spokesman for the House committee.

“This is a perfect example of how government should work,” Rep. Moffitt said of the bipartisan effort. “We want to keep Illinois as a rail hub for the nation. There are a lot of things we can do to continue the momentum.

“Rail is so important for the economy,” he said. “It’s important for economic development. We all benefit when we expand passenger rail. You take vehicles off the highways, reduce congestion. It’s good for the environment, it creates jobs. It’s about quality of life and expanding tourism.”

Both legislators have been instrumental in advocating for expanded passenger rail service in Illinois, said Paul Rumler, director of community and economic development for the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce.

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