Beyond Transportation: The Economic Impact of Rail in Illinois

On January 15, 2010, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn hosted Beyond Transportation: The Economic Impact of Rail in Illinois at the Mid America Club in Chicago in partnership with the Northwestern University Transportation Center and the Environmental Law Policy Center. Approximately 150 people attended the summit, including members of Congress, State representatives and senators, heads of planning agencies and non-governmental advocacy organizations, business owners, transportation and economic development experts, university faculty and students. The summit put forward a shared strategic vision for rail investment in the state of Illinois, and the ensuing economic development and job creation impact that such investment in the state’s mobility of people and goods would provide.