CHICAGO - Facing tough national competition, eight Midwestern governors joined together this week to present a united front in their push to land a share of $8 billion in federal funds available for high-speed rail projects from the economic stimulus program.

Chicago would serve as the hub of the network that would branch out into eight other states, connecting small and large cities, bus stations, and airports through 3,000 miles of high-speed rail service and conventional intercity rail service.

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