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|Schilling, LaHood Learn BNSF Benefits for Galesburg
|FIRST REPORTED 3pm 4/20/11 What's good for Galesburg is good for everybody.
That's what State Senator Darin LaHood of the 37th district sees in the partnership Galesburg has created with BNSF.
LaHood was invited along with 17th District Congressman Bobby Schilling to tour the BNSF yard Wednesday.
With entities like the city of Galesburg, GREDA, the National Railroad Hall of Fame and local colleges all present, LaHood says that means a lot.
"When you have a community like Galesburg united really, when you have everyone around this table from every different entity supporting this project, it says a lot about,... how supportive you are. And it helps make our jobs easier, you know we're justifying the spending at the state level and all of our spending is justified now and you have to be able to support that."
Schilling agrees, but notes that the three rail-grade separations in Galesburg will also mean more jobs are created in the long term that aren't dependent on government help.
"On the other hand it's going to be private sector jobs, it's not going to end up being government funded, taxpayer funded jobs, and that's the part that I think when the American people look at it, they think this is huge, to where we get the government out of the picture, yea of course it gets a little bit of help getting it off the ground, but once it gets rolling this is all about the private sector."
Local state Representative Don Moffitt put the tour together for the newer legislators to familiarize themselves with the area.
|04 20 11 by Newsroom
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