The City of Springfield, Sangamon County and the State of Illinois signed an agreement last week regarding a rail relocation.
The agreement provides funding for four of the eight grade separations required for the Springfield Rail Improvements Project.
Should Springfield be awarded a TIGER Grant for the Laurel and Ash underpasses, six out of the eight grade separations will have guaranteed funding.
"Our local leadership on this project has been nothing short of magnificent, with Sangamon County Board Chairman Andy Van Meter being the reliable and steady force throughout this entire process and Mayor Jim Langfelder showing the resolve and leadership to accomplish this agreement from day one," a news release from the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce said. "Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Department of Transportation staff also deserve a lot of credit for making this agreement happen, as well as our federal delegation who has provided the leadership and support needed in Washington."
The chamber also lauded the efforts of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL).
"The Springfield Rail Improvements Project shows what can happen when our local, state and federal officials work together for our community," the chamber release said.