Text Size
Login
config

Law creates Springfield high-speed rail commission

manar hi speed railSPRINGFIELD – A proposal creating a commission that will oversee Springfield’s 10th Street Rail Corridor was signed into law Wednesday.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) sponsored the commission that aims to increase transparency and ensure accountability in minority hiring.

Manar and Scherer credited citizen participation, specifically the Faith Coalition for the Common Good, for this commission becoming a reality.

“This commission will help ensure that the neighborhoods impacted by this construction will benefit from the jobs and economic development of the project. The community will have a public, centralized group to prioritize these goals and review their progress,” Manar said.

“The people need to be first in any decisions made that impact our community and economy,” said state Rep. Sue Scherer. “This commission will be a way for local voices to be heard, and I will keep working to offer protections and opportunities to local families.”

“The Faith Coalition for the Common Good’s Rail Community Benefit’s Agreement will be fulfilled by passage of this bill. We are elated. The voice of the people most impacted by the Springfield rail project has been heard,” said Irma Wallace, Co-chair of the Coalition’s Rail Task Force.

“This commission is a positive step forward because public engagement is key to a project of this magnitude,” Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder said. “I truly appreciate the efforts of Senator Manar and Representative Scherer and for the legislature and Governor’s support of this commission.”

The bipartisan High-Speed Rail Oversight Commission will be made up of Springfield residents appointed by legislative leaders, the governor, the mayor of Springfield and the Sangamon County state's attorney. At minimum it must meet quarterly and issue an annual report.

The new law, House Bill 3765, took effect immediately.

Sign up for The Majority Report HERE

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

News Releases

IMAGE Collins joins Chicago mayor in welcoming kids back to school
Thursday, 05 September 2019
Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) joined Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday for a brief ceremony welcoming students back to school at the...

Read More...
IMAGE Crowe’s office collecting old cell phones, tablets to benefit troops overseas
Wednesday, 04 September 2019
WOOD RIVER – State Senator Rachelle Crowe’s (D-Glen Carbon) district office in Wood River is a new drop-off location for the non-profit Cell...

Read More...
IMAGE New law by Crowe requires insurance coverage for donated breast milk
Tuesday, 03 September 2019
SPRINGFIELD – Mothers needing donated breast milk for their sick infants will benefit under a new law championed by State Senator Rachelle Crowe...

Read More...
IMAGE Martinez law provides flexibility for awarding State Seal of Biliteracy
Friday, 30 August 2019
SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is making it easier for graduating high schoolers to receive the State Seal of...

Read More...
IMAGE Bush: Enterprise Zone designation will give Zion crucial economic boost
Friday, 30 August 2019
GRAYSLAKE – Zion Benton received approval to be an Enterprise Zone, thanks to efforts by State Senator Melinda Bush. “It’s been decades since...

Read More...