In a Monday Rockford political press conference (as opposed to a governmental press conference) with his newly chosen running mate former Carbondale city councilwoman and failed candidate for mayor Sheila Simon at his side (proving it was a political appearance), Governor Pat Quinn announced that the Amtrak route to Rockford and, then, to Dubuque, Iowa.
So, that means it will be on the track running through Huntley and Marengo.
Hence, it’s news to McHenry County readers.
The whole route would be from Chicago to Dubuque, but, according to this document no stops are planned for McHenry County.
People wanting to travel to Galena, where we spent the mid-week at the Eagle Ridge Resort off Route 20, would have to board at Elgin’s Big Timber Road Station.
Maybe if Huntley built a station, Amtrak could be enticed to pick up and drop off passengers.
Or maybe the old station at the Illinois Railroad Museum could be used for McHenry County. That wouldn’t be too close to Elgin and would have plenty of parking.
After all, a big of the push to get Amtrak service is to get tourists to Galena.
The Eagle Creek Resort already runs buses to Downtown Galena, so it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to assume that the resort would be willing to pick up paying guests at the train station.
And, can’t you imagine the Chicago area folks who have about an hour longer drive to get to Galena than it took us (2 hours and ten minutes from Eagle Ridge to our house without any stops) taking the train out for the weekend.
They might get to the Eagle Ridge Resort just in time to eat dinner in the dining room and see a sunset over the lake like this one we saw on April 1st.
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You can read about the Rockford hearing on the project which U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and 16th District Congressman Don Manzullo conducted here.