Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stadelman reports on passenger rail progress at town hall meeting, Wed, Aug 27


Stadelman reports on passenger rail progress at town hall meeting

ROCKFORD – Anyone interested in learning more about passenger rail service between Rockford and Chicago is encouraged attend an Amtrak Town Hall Meeting hosted by Illinois Senator Steve Stadelman.

Senator Stadelman, D-Rockford, has invited Illinois Department of Transportation experts to give a 45-minute report on the status of the $223 million project. A question-and-answer session will follow.

AMTRAK TOWN HALL MEETING
5:30-7 PM, WED., AUG. 27
Zeke Giorgi Center Auditorium
200 S. Wyman St., Rockford, IL


“Passenger rail service to and from Chicago holds tremendous potential for economic growth and enhanced quality of life in the Rockford area,” Stadelman said. “The public is excited about the prospect of a rail link with Chicago, and I think it is important to keep the public fully informed and to involve as much public input as possible.”

Construction is expected to begin in October 2014, with one daily round trip anticipated to be running by the end of 2015, two daily round trips by the end of 2016 and eventual service to Dubuque, Iowa. Amtrak will provide the restored Intercity Passenger Rail (IPR) service from Chicago to Rockford, using Metra & Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Track and bridge upgrades, increased capacity, a layover facility, a UP/Metra connection and new stations – including one in Rockford -- are among the improvements being funded through Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program.

IDOT Project Manager Elliot Ramos will lead an overview discussion of Amtrak service and preparation work before fielding questions with Senator Stadelman and other transportation, engineering and municipal representatives.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tech-Friendly: Review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablet from U.S. Cellular

By Paul Gorski

U.S. Cellular (USC) recently began selling the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablet, and I used the tablet for almost two weeks. It took me a few days to appreciate the strengths of this tablet, but I now see why some people like their tablets so much. Since my revelation stems more from the experience rather than the hardware, my review will focus on the experience first, the hardware last...

Read the full Rock River Times article at:
http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/08/12/tech-friendly-review-of-the-samsung-galaxy-tab-4-10-1-tablet-from-u-s-cellular/

Meet John Doe: Take control of your local government and vote in the November election

By Paul Gorski
Please vote this fall — do not let a small group of vocal voters control the election this November.
Less than 20 percent of the registered voters in Winnebago County voted in the spring primary elections. Worse, less than 15 percent of the registered voters in Rockford cast a ballot in the primaries.
Primary voters decided some of the races. This means a small group of residents decided who is going to hold local office, or at least, advance to the next step in the election process...

Friday, August 01, 2014

Meet John Doe: Climate change is not global warming, and neither are hoaxes, part two

By Paul Gorski

The basic premise of my article “Meet John Doe: Climate change is not global warming, and neither are hoaxes” from the June 18-24, 2014, issue was that the measurements and arguments used to support the belief that the Earth’s climate is rapidly changing are not part of an elaborate hoax or lie. What purpose would that hoax serve? Readers responded. One reader replied with an explanation...

Read the full Rock River Times article by Paul Gorski at:

http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/07/30/meet-john-doe-climate-change-is-not-global-warming-and-neither-are-hoaxes-part-two/

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