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Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
GLB Fails to Appeal Freight Rail Decision (from US News & World Report, November 7, 2017)

From US News & World ReportNovember 7, 2017 Read more at: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2017-11-07/great-lakes-basin-fails-to-appeal-freight-rail-decision MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A group has failed to appeal in federal court the rejection of its application…

Friday, September 1st, 2017
Federal Transportation Board rejects Great Lakes Basin rail line (from Rockford Register-Mail, Aug. 31, 2017)

From Rockford Register-Mail, Aug. 31, 2017 ROCKFORD — The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has rejected a proposal to build a 261-mile railroad that would have cut through the Rockford area…

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Demmer Co-Sponsors Resolution Opposing Great Lakes Basin

Rep. Demmer joined colleagues in Co-Sponsoring legislation to Oppose the Great Lakes Basin private rail line recently. The text of House Resolution 437 can be found at: http://ilga.gov/legislation/100/HR/PDF/10000HR0437lv.pdf

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Application filed for 261-mile Great Lakes Basin Railroad route through Winnebago County (from Rockford Register Star, May 2, 2017)

from Rockford Register Star, May 2, 2017 ROCKFORD — A privately funded expressway would be built in tandem with an ambitious railroad project that would slice through Winnebago and Ogle…

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
Formal Application for Great Lakes Basin filed with STB

The Formal Application to the STB for Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. was filed on May 1st.  A link to the application can be found at: http://www.greatlakesbasin.net/single-post/2017/05/01/Formal-Application-to-the-STB-Filed

Monday, June 13th, 2016
Public Comment Deadline Extended to July 15 for Surface Transportation Board’s Public Scoping of Great Lakes Basin Rail Project

From the Surface Transportation Board, Office of Environmental Analysis: SERVICE DATE – JUNE 10, 2016  SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD NOTICE STB Docket No. FD 35952 GREAT LAKES BASIN TRANSPORTATION, INC – AUTHORITY TO…

Monday, May 9th, 2016
In the News: “A closer look at the proposed three state, 281-mile rail line”, from FarmWeek

The above Q&A appeared recently in FarmWeek, a publication of the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
“Standing Room Only” at Great Lakes Basin Scoping Meeting in Rochelle

“Standing Room Only” as Rep. Demmer’s District Office Staff attends the Public Scoping Meeting in Rochelle on April 20th.  Rep. Demmer’s staff was on hand to hear constituent concerns on…

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Great Lakes Basin Rail Project- Public Scoping Meeting Schedule Released

I encourage concerned citizens and agencies to take advantage of these public meeting opportunities and provide constructive comments on the Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. proposal. These public scoping meetings…

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Links regarding the Great Lakes Basin Project

Links regarding the Great Lakes Basin Project:  Schedule of Public Scoping Meetings: http://www.tomdemmer.org/p/great-lakes-basin-rail-project-updates.html  Link for Great Lakes Basin project website:  www.greatlakesbasin.net Summary of STB Process for new railroad construction projects:  https://www.stb.dot.gov/stb/public/resources_construct.html Summary of Environmental…