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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois county is weighing whether to commit $500,000 toward an East St. Louis station along an emerging high-speed Amtrak route.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1k4Kv2G) reports St. Clair County's governing board is considering the investment.

The state is working to connect Chicago and St. Louis with a 284-mile rail track capable of allowing trains to reach 110 mph.

The board will consider using the money to aid the Illinois Department of Transportation with the design and planning of the station.

Board Chairman Mark Kern last week asked the panel's other members to support the station.

The total cost of an East St. Louis station is unclear.

The project is expected to be completed in 2017.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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