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High Speed Rail Projects Move Forward

High speed rail projects will soon begin for the Springfield area. That means homeowners near the construction sites have some major prep work to do. Today the Faith Coalition for the Common Good and community leaders made a big announcement about the project.

Retired judge Theodis Lewis was named an ombudsperson. That means he’s going to try and ensure residents who are displaced by the 10th street railroad expansion get the help they need relocating, and are treated fairly in the process.

“The taking of property by government is a very serious and can be an awesome power which should not be used unwillingly. The rights of individuals involved should be taken seriously,” Lewis said.

Lewis’s appointment is part of a Community Benefits Agreement. That agreement has been endorsed by several lawmakers. It promises relocation assistance, as well as job opportunities, for those most affected by the projects.

Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser says the agreement has not been signed yet.but he anticipates that will happen in the next few weeks.

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