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Congressmen Split on Proposed Railway Sale

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Congressmen Split on Proposed Railway Sale

Earlier today, Congressman Dan Lipinksi from Chicago’s Southwest Side came out in support of a proposed railway sale. This puts him at odds with others in Illinois’ congressional delegation.

Lipinski has remained out of the fray on Canadian National’s bid to buy the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway. He sits on a House committee that oversees the Surface Transportation Board, which still has to approve the deal. Today he broke his silence by joining about 30 area mayors and elected officials in support of the sale.

LIPINSKI: I think we need to focus on the entire picture.

Lipinski acknowledges there are upsides and downsides to the deal, but he says ultimately it would reduce train traffic in many communities. But Bill Foster, a congressman from Chicago’s far west suburbs, opposes the deal. He says it would increase the odds for train accidents.

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