The city of Springfield is in line to get $8.65 million dollars in state money for engineering the 10th street rail consolidation efforts for high speed rail.
Aldermen passed an ordinance entering into an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Sangamon County for the state funds.
That's only half the money that would be needed for the engineering study. Before emergency passage Tuesday, Aldermen expressed urgency for the federal government to work on providing funds for the other half of the engineering study.
Mayor Mike Houston says the eventual study will provide the necessary frame work for when the Federal Government has money available to fund parts of the more than $300 million project.