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Illinois wants Wisconsin’s rejected high-speed rail cash

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

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  1. And again Wisconsin slips a little lower on the Backwards-O-Meter.

  2. Wow. Walker is really a moron, isn’t he? I guess, sadly, so are the people of this once great state that voted him. D’oh!

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