East St. Louis clergy rally for Amtrak stop

Published at 12:53 p.m. on May 15, 2014 | Modified at 12:53 p.m. on May 15, 2014

Members of the United Congregations of Metro East (UCM) held a press conference in front of East St. Louis city hall Thursday morning to rally for a high-speed Amtrak rail station in their city. They argue that citizens of St. Clair County - the most populous downstate county - and other adjacent counties need close access to the special high speed train. The 284 mile route from Chicago to St. Louis will have a stop in Alton, which is in Madison County to the north - the UCM wants another stop added so residents of surrounding counties wouldn't have to drive all the way to Alton. They believe a station in East St. Louis would serve the entire region.

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