Amtrak officials say Illinoisans would see service cuts if the agency's budget is reduced, as proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The governor has proposed taking Amtrak's budget down from $42 million to $26 million.
Derrick James, Amtrak's senior manager of government affairs, told the Senate Appropriations Committee that the agency would have to reduce services if the budget was cut. James said the agency would take guidance from the Illinois Department of Transportation to determine which lines would be affected by the service reductions.
The committee asked the public-funded rail agency to provide them with a cost-savings analysis that would allow Amtrak to provide their current services at a reduced budget.