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Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 08:53 am

Springfield could be run over by a train ...

Thanks to Michelle Higginbotham and her merry band of protestors, the effort to fight the expansion of freight traffic on the 3rd Street tracks in Springfield is now at fever pitch. Working with the Enos Park Neighborhood Association, DSI, the medical district plus city and county officials this group has done an excellent job of raising awareness of the problems the Union Pacific's plans will create in the city. There are compromise options available but who is listening in Washington? How about the Governor? Hello ... is anyone home at the mansion?

Here's the latest plan for protest - sent at the end of the day Monday -- Michelle's latest evite to have your voice be heard:

The clock is ticking - every Rail Rally becomes more critical as we strive to get the attention of Governor Quinn, Senator Durbin, and IDOT Secretary Hannig to tell them that the current proposal to make Third St. the primary rail line through the heart of our city is not acceptable!

Join us for this week's rally across from the Governor's Mansion and let your voice be heard....Union Pacific wants taxpayer money to fund this project, so the taxpayers should get to have a say!

(attached is a link to a letter sent recently to IDOT Secretary Hannig asking for a public meeting on this topic.)

The group will meet up tomorrow (Wednesday, September 23rd), 5pm in front of the Illinois Association of Realtors building, just across the street from the Governor's Mansion - 522 South Fifth Street, Springfield. Be there ... you just might help keep Springfield from being run over by a train.

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