CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois transportation officials say they’ll take the $810 million in federal high-speed rail money that Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker has said he’ll reject.
Walker made opposing a Milwaukee-to-Madison rail project a key part of his successful campaign against his Democratic opponent and rail supporter, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Illinois has received $1.2 billion in high-speed rail money. Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig said the state could make improvements to the Chicago-St. Louis corridor with Wisconsin’s money.
And it could be used to build stations in Joliet and Rockford.
But Illinois isn’t the only state that wants Wisconsin’s money. New York Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo has expressed interest too.
Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index