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|Railroad Days Officially Kicks Off; Moffitt Talks Capital Bill
|A local lawmaker says it's important to celebrate the city of Galesburg's railroading history, but it's just as important to say "what else we can do?" in order to keep that industry alive here.
State Representative Don Moffitt helped officially kick off Railroad Days during a ceremony Friday evening outside the Galesburg Railroad Museum.
Moffitt was referring to money he says is in the state capital bill that the Governor has yet to sign that would help pay for three railroad grade separations in town. He says getting that funding, and getting those grade separations, sends what he calls a huge message.
"To begin with, there's the construction jobs that would be created with those three grade separations," Moffitt said. "Secondly, easier access for emergency vehicles. Third, ease of moving about the community -- never being blocked by a train. But fourth, it positions Galesburg's (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) yard for consideration for further expansion. And that's just critical."
Moffitt says he believes Governor Pat Quinn will sign the capital bill, but is waiting to do so until a budget is in place that he likes -- most likely, with some sort of income tax increase.
Officials from the National Railroad Hall of Fame joined local leaders and railroad museum officials in the kickoff ceremony.
To download the entire ceremony, CLICK HERE (mp3 format, approximately 25 minutes).
For more information on Railroad Days, including a schedule of events, CLICK HERE.
(WGIL Sales Manager Chris Postin was Master of Ceremonies Friday evening.)
(The National Anthem is performed.)
(State Rep. Don Moffitt speaks at the ceremony.)
(National Railroad Hall of Fame Executive Director Julie King)
(The 2008 inductees in the National Railroad Hall of Fame are joined by Executive Director Julie King.)
(Dennis Clark, right, Railroad Days Committee Chair, is joined by the Little Miss and Junior Miss Knox County Fair.)
(A group of local officials and members of the public watched the ceremony.)
(Mike Godsil with the Galesburg Railroad Museum. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|06 26 09 by Newsroom
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