The Quad Cities Chamber helped secure funding from the State of Illinois to advance several regional priorities. The biggest wins for our region include:
• $225 million was allocated for the completion of passenger rail service from the Quad Cities to Chicago. This funding will allow for track upgrades to begin once the State of Illinois and Iowa Interstate Railroad come to an agreement.
• $9 million was re-appropriated for Phase 3 of the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Campus. This will allow for an expansion of the School of Engineering, and it would also be the physical location of the Center for Manufacturing and Entrepreneurial Excellence, which is part of the Illinois Innovation Network.
• With the passing of a capital infrastructure bill, many of the region’s most-needed projects should be accelerated.
The Quad Cities Chamber’s role is to advocate for business priorities in our region. “When we all work together, we can land significant wins for our region,” said Paul Rumler, President and CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber.
“Getting funding for passenger rail has been a priority for the Quad Cities Chamber and our region for many years,” said Tyler Power, Director of Government Affairs for the Quad Cities Chamber. “The unwavering support of Governor J.B. Pritzker, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos, State Senator Neil Anderson and State Representative Mike Halpin has been critical to our regional growth, and we thank them for it.”