Hundreds Pack Winnebago Gym Against Rail Project


The bad feelings Winnebago County residents have for a proposed rail line are still at a fever pitch.

Hundreds packed the stands at Winnebago High School.  Most of those in attendance are against the Great Lakes Basin Railroad Project, which would run a freight line from Lee County into rural Winnebago County, then north to Wisconsin.  One resident told Eyewitness News the tracks will be less than half a mile from his home.

“THe fact that it’s going to carry fuels, petroleum, chemicals… I don’t like the number of trains, the speed of the trains, [and] how they’re going to block the roads that I use,” said Dustin Kaap.

Two similar meetings have already been held this month in Shirland and  Rockton, as well as a protest.  There’s also an online petition.  785 people have signed it.

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