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Amtrak's 15-year Connects US proposal calls for upgrading existing routes between Chicago and Quincy, St. Louis, and Carbondale; and expanding service to Rockford and the Quad Cities.
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Future of Trains in Illinois

Illinois is a transcontinental hub for railroads, and there could be major changes afoot in the industry with implications here. There’s talk of a merger on the freight side, and Amtrak recently announced a 15-year plan that would expand and enhance service across Illinois.

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Boeing And Flight Safety; Dwight Update; Media Literacy And Kids; High Speed Rail In Illinois

On The 21st: Boeing shares on Monday were at its lowest in almost five months after the second fatal crash involving its 737 Max plane. What’s next for the Chicago-based company? Also in travel, how inaction on building high-speed rail between Chicago and St. Louis is symbolic of the problem of train investment in America. Plus, if you’ve ever tried to get your kids off the internet, chances are YouTube is part of the equation. Now one state representative says it’s time to let teachers include media literacy in their high school classes. And, we get an update on the possibility of a Dwight Immigration Detention Center. 

A tractor in a corn field during harvest time.
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Crop Insurance; Teaching Science Through Bad Examples; Faster Trains; Climate Change And Flooding

On the 21st: How farmers use the federal crop insurance program to stay in business. Plus, University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum explained how even "bad science" from movies could be used to teach valuable lessons, and DePaul University's Joseph Schwieterman discussed new passenger trains that could slash commuting times. Also: a look at climate change, flooding and other severe weather.

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