CHICAGO - The state of Illinois will spend an additional $102 million (on top of $360 million) to build a bridge over the Kankakee River along with other improvements as part of high-speed rail upgrades between Chicago and St. Louis.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced the funding on Sunday at a campaign stop.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will oversee the work done by Union Pacific Railroad. The construction will take place in 2016 and 2017. The governor's office claims the project will create more than 900 union construction jobs.