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Proposed Great Lakes Basin Railroad close to Will County

Even though a proposed new rail line would not run through Will County, it is close enough that some county officials are keeping an eye on developments related to it.

The privately funded Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc., (GLBT) plans to provide an $8 billion, 278-mile rail line to circumvent Chicago’s hub from Janesville, Wisconsin, south to Rockford, into Grundy County, Kankakee County, and into Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties in Indiana.

In recent weeks, the federal Surface Transportation Board has conducted public meetings throughout the region, seeking input and drawing lots of opposition from area farmers…Please click here to read Susan DeMar Lafferty’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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