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Lieutenant Governor Pushes For Chicago To Iowa City Rail Connection 

WTVO Rockford
July 22, 2011

MOLINE - Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon says a railway between Chicago and Iowa City is a move that will create jobs and spur economic development.

Though progress is moving slowly, Simon encourages Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to finalize his state's rail plan and move forward with the connection.

Simon says part of the holdup is because Branstad isn't sure if Iowa will be able to provide matching funds for the Moline to Iowa City extension.

Early estimates show that the state could stand to gain about 45-hundred jobs.