Amtrak officials say budget cuts could result in service reductions

SPRINGFIELD - Amtrak officials say budget cuts proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner could result in the reduction of services in Illinois.

Under Rauner's budget proposal, Amtrak's state funding would be reduced from $42 million to $26 million.  According to Amtrak's Senior Manager of Government Affairs Derrick James, the reduction would lead to service cuts in the state.  James also said that Amtrak would work with the Illinois Department of Transportation on which state routes would be impacted.

However, lawmakers say that budget cuts are coming, and are asking Amtrak officials to provide cost-saving analysis in order to determine if the service reductions could be avoided under a smaller budget.

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