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Some of Florida's high-speed rail money lands in Illinois

Illinois is the first state to benefit from Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail.

According to a news report, the state got $186 million for a planned Chicago-St. Louis line. Last December, Illinois received $42.3 million in additional funding from high-speed rail projects rejected by newly elected governors in Wisconsin and Ohio.

"Oh, the pain ..." wrote Dan McLaughlin, spokesman for Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, "… and the train, and the jobs."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 2:05pm]


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