The Genoa Chamber of Commerce, in their continuing efforts to bring AMTRAK service through Genoa, is now asking DeKalb County residents to raise their voices loudly as a show of regional support to IDOT and AMTRAK. As you may know, Belvidere and Rockford business leaders are lobbying hard and campaigning to have the rail service go through Belvidere and NOT Genoa.
AMTRAK’s own study showed the best route would come through Genoa, providing service to much of DeKalb County, including the campus of Northern Illinois University, Western Kane County and parts of Boone County. This would significantly and positively impact all of our communities. AMTRAK and/or IDOT will make their decision within the next couple of months based in part on where the most regional support appears to originate.
In an effort to show their support, the Genoa Chamber of Commerce has provided an opportunity for DeKalb County residents to sign a petition to have AMTRAK come through Genoa. Please go to the new website: GO TO SITE and click on the link “Sign Petition Today” to sign your name. Remember to click on the link in the email to verify your signature.
In addition, there is a link to facebook so you can share with your facebook friends to have them sign the petition, a hard copy of the petition that can be printed out and kept at your place of business to gather signatures, and contact information to let your local and state representatives as well as leaders of IDOT, AMTRAK and other agencies know your opinion. Please feel free to post the website GO TO SITE on your website, in your stores, on your homepage and on your facebook. The Chamber’s goal is to exceed 5,000 signatures by August 31, 2009.
Now is the time to show the state the power and unity of DeKalb County! If you have any questions please call Bonnie Hanson, Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director at 815-784-2212 or Joe Misurelli at 815-784-2327, ext. 223.
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