Daley wants foreign investors for express train linking O'Hare and downtown

March 17, 2011

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Chicago Mayor Richard Daley speaks to reporters at a downtown news conference Thursday

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says a project to build a high-speed train from O'Hare International Airport to downtown is moving forward. Daley is looking for foreign investors to help construct the high-speed rail link between downtown and O'Hare. He has said he doesn't want government money to be spent on the project. Thursday, Daley said he's heading to China for 13 days, where he'll be on the lookout for foreign investors.

"We should not be worried about foreign investments. They are not buying our country," Daley said. "They are investing in our country. They're investing in business. They're investing in our workforce. They are not buying our country."

Daley said he believes other countries are willing to invest in the project. He wouldn't give a timeline for the high speed train, but the head of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce says he'd look for the train to be completed after 2016.

Daley has been pushing the idea of express trains to Chicago's two airports for years. An earlier plan fell through because of a lack of funding.