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Iowa City would seek local funds for Chicago train

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The City Council in Iowa City has decided to tell the state that the city would look for local funding for Amtrak service to Chicago.

Iowa City officials joined officials from the Quad Cities, Des Moines and Dubuque last week to discuss the federal plan with officials from the Iowa Department of Transportation, Amtrak and Illinois.

Iowa City was told Monday that it would need to find $300,000 to $400,000 a year for its contribution. The city has not yet committed to spending its own money, but has told the state it will look for local funding.

The federal government is providing $230 million to establish service between Iowa City and Chicago by 2015.

Gov. Terry Branstad has expressed reservations about the state's estimated $3 million share of annual operating costs.

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