Amtrak LogoPeople who want to preserve state subsidies for Amtrak want Gov. Bruce Rauner (R – Ill.) to know they have not gone away.

A news conference featuring state lawmakers from college towns along the rails praised Rauner for wanting to tackle the budget deficit but pointed out the Amtrak subsidy, which Rauner wants to cut by 40 percent, comes from a fuel tax and not from the general revenue fund. Besides, they say, the trains are an economic engine.

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