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Wisconsin and Illinois to get federal money to imporve high-speed rail line

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Wisconsin and Illinois are getting almost four-million-dollars to improve Amtrak's high-speed rail line from Milwaukee to Chicago.

The federal money will replace two railroad bridges. And officials say it will lay the groundwork for increasing the top speed of the Hiawatha train from 79-miles-an-hour to 110.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker has said he would try to kill an extension of the Amtrak line from Milwaukee to Madison if he's elected. But Walker says he supports the existing Hiawatha line. And his fellow Republicans in the Legislature approved 12-million-dollars in federal stimulus money for upgrades to that line.

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