Do they really need Amtrak for such short service as Chicago-Rockford? I know it's outside the normal service area, but that just seems like it would be more easily done by an extension to one of the Metra lines (not being totally familiar with the area, I'm not sure which one, but I'm going to guess either the UP-W or Milwaukee-W line)
If they're going to involve Amtrak, doesn't it make more sense to do it for a project where the state wouldn't have control, like full, interstate restoration of the Black Hawk to Dubuque? And is the IC line between Rockford and Chicago even still there?
To Mr. Norman: That's just scare tactics from the newspaper, just like the ones from Major League Baseball that say you can't describe the game. They can't reserve every right, just the ones that the government lets them reserve. Fair use, including linking and even reasonable excerpting is fine under 17 USC § 107, which exists to prevent exercise of the Copyright Clause from being blocked by the First Amendment.