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Illinois to Iowa: Make decision on passenger line 

 
Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon addressed the issue at the Rock Island Train Festival on Thursday.

She says progress on the Chicago-to-Moline portion of the line is moving slowly in part because federal funding won't be released to Illinois until Iowa makes its decision.

Last year, federal authorities allotted $230 million to the overall plan.

Advocates say the extended route will help spur growth and create hundreds of jobs. Detractors counter the line would cost way too much and be underused.