Glenview Awards $33,000 Legal Services Contract In Ongoing Railroad Fight

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Glenview trustees approved a $33,000 contract for legal services related to the village’s opposition to the Amtrak Hiawatha Line expansion.

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Glenview trustees approved a $33,000 contract with the firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP for legal services related to the village’s opposition to the Amtrak Hiawatha Line expansion, at their Tuesday, Sept. 4 village board meeting.

Trustees in May approved spending $400,000 to oppose the project. The project, led by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation with the Illinois Dept. of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration, proposes adding a two-mile track between Willow Road and West Lake Avenue where freight trains would hold to make way for passenger rail traffic. The Hiawatha Line would increase service along that route, through Glenview, from seven round trips a day (14 trains) to 10 round trips a day (20 trains).

Deputy Village Manager Don Owen said the Barnes & Thornburg contract for legal consultation would look at the issue of an environmental impact study. Village officials have long contended a full environmental impact study is needed for the project — and likely legally required — but was never conducted.

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Gary Ricke