“I feel like we’re up against a giant. For them it’s all about money.”

Leaders hope to derail EJ&E plan
September 14, 2008 Recommend

If the people don’t want more trains coming through town, it’s up to them to do something about it. At a New Lenox rally to oppose Canadian National Railroad’s plan to purchase the Elgin Joliet & Eastern tracks and run freight trains all day long, residents were told they have one last chance to write letters, make phone calls and voice their opinions. The deadline to submit comments is Sept. 30.

Residents and officials are hoping that if the local motion is powerful enough it will throw CN off the EJ&E tracks.

“We need you to speak louder and clearer than the train whistles. We need you to move faster than a freight train. And, we need you to do it now,” said Mokena Mayor Joe Werner, who joined New Lenox, Frankfort and Will County officials in firing up a packed auditorium at Lincoln-Way Central High School Wednesday night to oppose the foreign rail company.

“Is there any benefit to us at all?” one man asked about CN’s proposal to operate 28 freight trains per day through the Lincoln-Way communities.

“Absolutely not,” said New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann.


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