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Full Text of SR0050  103rd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, Millions of Americans have discovered the joys of
3walking, running, hiking, and cycling the rapidly expanding
4trails that crisscross our great nation; and
5    WHEREAS, Central Illinois is at the heart of and is a
6critical link for the 6,800-mile American Discovery Trail, the
73,700-mile Great American Rail-Trail, and the 535-mile Grand
8Illinois Trail; and
9    WHEREAS, The Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage
10Area and the Illinois Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park almost
11reach from Chicagoland to the Mississippi River, aside from a
1215.7-mile gap between the City of LaSalle and the Village of
13Bureau in central Illinois, along the scenic Illinois River;
15    WHEREAS, When this 15.7-mile gap becomes a trail along
16existing rail lines, these great and grand trails from the
17Atlantic to the Pacific and across Illinois will be, in
18essence, linked at their center here in America's Heartland;
20    WHEREAS, Leading citizens and organizations in central
21Illinois and Washington, D.C. have come together to work to



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1connect this "missing link" in our trails systems, including
2the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the National
3Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington, D.C.; and
4    WHEREAS, There are also a number of supportive community
5leaders and officials all along the 200 miles of the Hennepin
6and I&M Canals, including Senator Win Stoller, Senator Sue
7Rezin, former member of Congress and U.S. Secretary of
8Transportation and current U.S. Rails-to-Trails Hall of Famer
9Ray LaHood, former Mayor of Ottawa Robert Eschbach, La Moille
10School District Superintendent Jay McCracken, Inga Carus,
11Chairman, Carus LLC, community leader Todd Volker, and many
12others; and
13    WHEREAS, Further proponents and supporters of
14Rails-to-Trails projects include Democrats and Republicans,
15governments and nonprofits, and citizens all across central
16Illinois; and
17    WHEREAS, Significant funding has been appropriated for
18Rails-to-Trails projects in the 2022 U.S. Surface
19Transportation Act; therefore, be it
21ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we enthusiastically
22support Rails-to-Trails projects to make a reality of



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1connecting Americans from coast to coast and from Chicago to
2all of Illinois through the marvelous trails of our nation and