The Illinois House Transportation Committee (Wednesday) adopted a resolution sponsored by State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst which opposes the Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. proposed rail line.
The proposed rail line would run through Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Parkhurst’s resolution is co-sponsored by 7 other state representatives whose districts would be affected by the rail line.
The proposed project includes constructing and operating a private rail line between Milton, Wis., and northwestern Indiana to bypass Chicago congestion. It would pass through several northern Illinois counties.
Parkhurst said the project has brought up concerns about the line cutting through private homes and farmland and potential misuse of eminent domain......
LaSalle, Winnebago, Ogle, Lee and Grundy counties have filed motions opposing the railroad in the last year.
Parkhurst said the negative effects of the proposal would devastating.......