The Illinois Senate last week approved a bill that would establish the Illinois and Midwest High Speed Rail Commission to oversee initial planning for high-speed rail service. The legislation is expected to be approved by the House and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The 12-member commission would be charged with issuing a road map by March 2011 on structuring a public-private partnership to design, build and operate a high-speed rail system with speeds of 150 miles per hour and up.

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