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Former WIU Student Sentenced for Cheating Amtrak

Oct 12, 2020

A federal judge sentenced a former Western Illinois University student to 18 months in prison for one count of wire fraud.

Macomb, Amtrak Partner on Website

Nov 15, 2019
City of Macomb

The city of Macomb has partnered with Amtrak on a special website to track the progress of the passenger trains that stop in the city. It’s similar to the status monitors available in Union Station in Chicago.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Fort Madison has been working for more than a decade to relocate Amtrak from its 20th Street station to the historic train depot in Riverview Park. Mayor Brad Randolph said he plans to meet with the state to try to keep the project moving ahead.

Trial is now set for September for a former student at Western Illinois University accused of cheating Amtrak. Federal prosecutors say 23 year old Ryan Minter from Calumet City, Illinois used stolen credit card information to buy Amtrak tickets online, sold them to students at a discount, and then kept the money.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The Fort Madison City Council this week signed an amended agreement related to the planned relocation of Amtrak to the historic depot in Riverview Park. There is still some work to do, though, before passenger rail service is offered downtown.

Looking For Government That Works? Try Local

Sep 27, 2017
Rich Egger

I doubt that many people would disagree with me when I say big governments – those in  Washington DC and Springfield -  have not been working very well in the past few years.  Washington and Springfield seem to have a very difficult time doing anything. 

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Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation said new locomotives will be put into use on a number of routes, including the Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg service between Quincy and Chicago.

Emily Boyer

Gil Belles, age 76, professor emeritus of Western Illinois University's Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration (RPTA) department, was killed when his car collided with an Amtrak train.

Rich Egger

More than 4.6 million people rode an Amtrak train in Illinois in 2016. Overall ridership on Illinois routes was down about 3.5% from 2015. In Macomb, ridership dropped to about 68,000. 

Freshman Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he will support Donald Trump if the businessman/TV celebrity ends up as the Republican presidential nominee.  LaHood made his comments during an interview with Tri States Public Radio that also touched on a number of other topics, including Amtrak funding.

Fort Madison Confident Depot Deal Will Happen Soon

May 29, 2016
Jason Parrott / TSPR

It has been a slow go for Fort Madison when it comes to the city's attempt to bring passenger rail service downtown. But there might soon be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Rich Egger

The passenger rail agency said it will renovate the Macomb Travel Center to make it more easily accessible for everyone.

Renovated Transportation Hub Opens in Galesburg

Nov 19, 2015
T.J. Carson

It took a year to complete upgrades to the building in Galesburg's downtown area. The project cost $689,000, with most of the money coming from the state and federal governments.

Ray LaHood spent more than two decades in Congress and served another 4 1/2 years as President Barack Obama's first Secretary of Transportation.

Katie Finlon

Twenty-one people died from train-related incidents in Illinois last year. That's the second most train-related deaths of any state.  The effect on victims and their families is fairly obvious. But what happens to the railroad employees when that kind of trauma occurs, and how do they cope?

Amanda Vinicky

Amtrak Board of Directors member Tom Carper told Illinois lawmakers service cuts are inevitable should Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed 40% funding cut take effect.

Fort Madison Must Re-Design Depot Platform

Apr 28, 2015

City leaders in Fort Madison still have some work to do before they can bring passenger rail service to the downtown district.  The Mississippi River was known to surround the historic Santa Fe Depot in Riverview Park on occasion, which does not bode well for train traffic.

Amtrak: Illinois Budget Cuts Would Mean Fewer Trains

Apr 17, 2015
Rich Egger

Amtrak says it doesn’t know which services would be affected if Illinois cuts its funding. But the rail company says it’s sure there would be some service reductions if its grant is cut by a proposed $16 million.

T.J. Carson

State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) wants to find ways to keep an Amtrak line chugging along through his district.  He said service could be cut on the Illinois Zephyr line as part of Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed 40% reduction in funding for in-state Amtrak lines.

Galesburg Breaks Ground on Transportation Projects

Nov 21, 2014
T.J. Carson

Two projects are underway to help transportation in Galesburg.

T.J. Carson

The City Council this week approved a project to enclose the north and south porch areas at the Amtrak station.

  Amtrak ridership in Illinois has risen in recent years; it's up almost 85 percent from 2006 through last year. That trend developed after the rail service added routes. The train service could grow more in the future.

In 2006, lines branching out from Chicago that went to Carbondale, Quincy and St. Louis added trips.

Recycling Effort Gets Books Back Into Community

Aug 5, 2014
TSPR's Emily Boyer

A free book rack at the Macomb Amtrak station has been providing reading material to travelers for 10 years.

Tom Carper

Tom and Gayle Carper of Macomb have more than 1,000 photos from the years when Tom owned bars in town.  They decided the pictures should be shared and started posting them to Flickr and Facebook.

Winter Storm Stalls Amtrak Trains

Jan 7, 2014
Rich Egger

During winter weather, it’s common for flights to be canceled and roads to be closed.  Usually the trains still run without incident. 

Jonathan Ahl

More than 100,000 people ride the Illinois Zephyr train line from Quincy to Chicago each year.  

Busy Week in Burlington

Aug 20, 2013

The next few days will be extremely busy in Burlington as the city plays host to two related events.

East-West Passenger Rail Proposed for Illinois

May 23, 2013
Rich Egger

A group of Illinois lawmakers is encouraging the state to study the feasibility of an east-west passenger rail corridor.

The route -- by bus at first, with the hope to eventually move to trains – would run from the Quad Cities to Danville. It would include stops in Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington, and Champaign.

Rich Egger

Community leaders on the Amtrak line that runs through western Illinois hope to convince people to use the train for excursions within the region. They want to promote day trips and overnight stays along the line between Quincy and Princeton.

Platform Length Delaying Amtrak in FM

May 1, 2013

The hurdle that Fort Madison must clear to bring passenger rail service to Riverview Park is getting shorter.

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