97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012
Introduced , by Rep. Daniel J. Burke
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Illinois and Midwest High-Speed Rail Commission Act.
Contains provisions concerning the composition of the Illinois and Midwest
High-Speed Rail Commission. Provides that by November 20, 2011, the
Commission must prepare and issue a report recommending the best
governmental structure for a public-private partnership to design, build,
operate, maintain, and finance a high-speed rail system for the State.
Provides that a follow-up report shall be issued by October 1, 2012.
Repeals the Act on January 1, 2015. Effective immediately.
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A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning transportation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Illinois and Midwest High-Speed Rail Commission Act.
In this Act:
"Commission" means the Illinois and Midwest High-Speed
"High-speed rail" means a system of new electrified tracks
designed primarily for trains capable of traveling at speeds in
excess of 150 miles per hour.
Composition of the Commission.
(a) The Commission shall be composed of 19 members as
(1) 12 public members appointed by the Governor; and
(2) 7 ex-officio members as follows:
(A) the Illinois Secretary of Transportation;
(B) the Director of Commerce and Economic
(C) the Executive Director of the Illinois State
Toll Highway Authority;
(D) a member of the House of Representatives
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appointed by the Speaker of the House of
(E) a member of the House of Representatives
appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
(F) a member of the Senate appointed by the
President of the Senate; and
(G) a member of the Senate appointed by the
Minority Leader of the Senate.
(b) A person appointed as a public member of the Commission
must be a resident of this State. Public members of the
Commission must include the following: (i) local elected
officials who have expressed interest in high-speed rail; (ii)
former elected officials with transportation policy expertise;
(iii) individuals with professional expertise in long-term
financing of infrastructure; and (iv) individuals with
expertise in transportation or railroad infrastructure
projects. The appointed members shall reflect the geographic
diversity of the State and shall include representation from
all regions of the State.
(c) Commission members shall be appointed within 45 days
after the effective date of this Act.
(d) The Governor shall designate one public member of the
Commission to serve as the chair of the Commission and one
public member to serve as the vice-chair of the Commission.
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Ex-officio members; eligibility; designation
(a) An ex-officio member of the Commission vacates the
person's position on the Commission if the person ceases to
hold the position that qualifies the person for service on the
(b) An ex-officio member may designate a representative to
serve on the Commission in the member's absence. A
representative designated under this subsection by the
Illinois Secretary of Transportation, the Director of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity, or the Executive Director of the
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority must be an officer or
employee of the State agency that employs the ex-officio
(a) A public member of the Commission is not entitled to
compensation but is entitled to reimbursement for the travel
expenses incurred by the member while transacting Commission
(b) An ex-officio member's service on the Commission is an
additional duty of the underlying position that qualifies the
member for service on the Commission. The entitlement of an
ex-officio member to compensation or to reimbursement for
travel expenses incurred while transacting Commission business
is governed by the law that applies to the member's service in
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that underlying position, and any payment to the member for
either purpose must be made from an appropriation that may be
used for the purpose and is available to the State agency that
the member serves in that underlying position.
(a) The Commission shall meet at least monthly at the times
and places in this State that the chair designates until April
2011 and at least quarterly thereafter.
(b) Members of the Commission may participate in Commission
meetings by teleconference or video conference.
(c) A majority of the members of the Commission constitute
a quorum for transacting Commission business.
General powers and duties of the Commission.
(a) The Commission shall:
(1) Prepare and issue a report to the Governor, the
General Assembly, and the public recommending the best
governmental structure for a public-private partnership to
design, build, operate, maintain, and finance a high-speed
rail system for Illinois and the Midwest. The report must
include specific recommendations for legislation, if
statutory change is required, or specific administrative
regulations, if regulatory change is required, to
implement the recommended high-speed rail system. The
report must include recommended sources for the funding of
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a high-speed rail system including private sources of
capital and revenue bonds. The report must contain
recommendations for integrating the high-speed rail system
into existing and planned Amtrak expansions, airports, and
public transportation systems. The report must include
recommendations for federal, State, and local actions for
the development and implementation of a high-speed rail
system. The report must be issued by November 20, 2011.
(2) Prepare a follow-up report that details the status
of recommendations issued by the Commission and any revised
and updated recommendations based on further public and
stakeholder input. The follow-up report must be issued by
October 1, 2012.
(3) Develop a process to receive public and stakeholder
input on opinions and proposals for building, designing,
maintaining, operating, and financing a high-speed rail
system for Illinois and the Midwest. The process must
include the solicitation and receipt of formal expressions
of interest and other testimony from global high-speed rail
operators including without limitation Amtrak.
(4) Solicit and receive formal testimony, both written
and oral, from representatives of the other states in the
Midwest including without limitation representatives from
units of local government.
(5) Work collaboratively with the Department of
Transportation on any planning projects for high-speed
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rail administered by the Department to comply with federal
high-speed rail requirements including without limitation
the solicitation of public input and comments.
(b) In implementing subsection (a), the Commission must
consult with and receive testimony from global high-speed rail
operators including without limitation Amtrak.
(c) Nothing in this Act shall preclude the Department of
Transportation from planning for high-speed rail.
The Illinois Department of
Transportation may provide staff and other support to the
Commission from money available to the Department that may be
used for this purpose. The General Assembly may also
specifically appropriate money to the Department to provide
staff and other support to the Commission.
The Commission may accept monetary gifts and grants from
any public or private source. The Commission may also accept
This Act is repealed on January 1,
This Act takes effect upon