Rauner proposes deep cuts for Amtrak

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- Amtrak riders could see fewer trains -- and higher fares -- under Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget.

That's the warning from the Midwest High-Speed Rail Association.

Rauner has announced a 40-percent reduction in Amtrak funding beginning July 1.

In a statement from the governor's office, Rauner said that state House Speaker Mike Madigan passed a budget that has a $4 billion shortfall and the governor is taking steps to manage a hole in Madigan's budget proposal.