Members of the United Congregations of Metro-East are rallying today in support of a High Speed Rail stop in East St. Louis. Leaders of the effort claim to have over 3,000 signatures of East St. Louis residents who want a station in their city, as well as letters from local congregations, and a resolution of support from the East St. Louis city council. Alton’s mayor stands firm in his opposition to the idea.
UCM Director Jessica Wernli says they have been in contact with IDOT.
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Alton Mayor Brant Walker says he does not believe the rally and show of support will sway the decision makers at IDOT.
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The Alton City Council drafted a resolution last month to formally oppose a plan to place a high-speed rail station in East St. Louis. Some officials in St. Clair County have reportedly committed to give half-a-million dollars to bring high-speed rail to East St. Louis.
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