Illinois Boost Amtrak Funds, Indiana Still Debating

Illinois Transportation leaders announce additional money will fund the passenger rail lines.
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois has agreed to spend an additional $9 million to support Amtrak service in the state.

The deal with the passenger rail service was required by a 2008 law passed by Congress that shifts most of the costs for shorter routes from the federal government to states.

It affects more than two dozen routes in 19 states. Only Indiana has yet to reach a deal. It must do so by Wednesday, October 16, 2013 or service will stop.

Illinois Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jae Miller said Friday that signatures were still being gathered, but that Illinois has agreed to pay up to $37 million in the next fiscal year.

That is an increase of about $9 million because of the change in law.

Illinois was already subsidizing most of its state routes.

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