A prediction for which I hope I'm mistaken:
'they'll be gone in a year".
It looks like the "Boy King' has got the Illinois gubernatorial election in the bag. I sure would like to think it was for merits that make the voters believe he can continue to do the job better than could his opponent, but then we know voters tune out negative ads....don't they??
But be that as it may, these new trains are on the weaker schedule of 'big town out to little town" in the morning, rather than the reverse that even the railroads could tell you were the stronger frequencies.
Lastly, unlike some sponsiring jurisdictions where 403(b) trains have a way of making like the Eveready Bunny ("they just keep going and going"); Illinois has a reputation of killing them. Just ask the folk wishing to travel to Peoria, Rockford, or Freeport about that.
Amtrak Press Release