Chicago Breaking Business Excerpt:In addition to New york, Illinois also wants the $810 million in federal high-speed rail money that Wisconsin Governor-elect Scott Walker has promised to reject.
Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo in New York already sent the Department of Transportation a letter saying his state will be glad to use Wisconsin’s and Ohio’s rail money if the states scrap their projects.
“We’d love to have it,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig.
Sun Times Heralds News Excerpt:“I don’t think we can afford it,” Wisconsin’s governor-elect said Monday.
State Sen. Jeffrey Schoenberg (D-Evanston) said he would work with other lawmakers to persuade the U.S. Department of Transportation to transfer the money to Illinois. He also would like to see trainmaker Talgo, Inc. move here. Talgo has said it can’t promise to stay in Milwaukee if the state rejects the rail project. “If the new governor of Wisconsin is overwhelmed by $800 million of federal funds, we’d be happy to take that burden off his back,” Schoenberg said.