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The parent company of the Great Lakes Basin Railroad submitted an application to the federal Surface Transportation Board Monday. 

The project would create a 261-mile railway that runs between Milton, Wis., and Pinola, Ind., passing through six Illinois counties. It's meant to bypass congested Chicago freight lines. 

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The Great Lakes Basin Railroad Project further delayed its environmental review process. 

The project aims to create a freight line from southern Wisconsin, cutting through northern Illinois, and ending in northwest Indiana.  It aims to bypass congested Chicago freight yards and decrease transit times.  

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A Wisconsin lawmaker has written to the federal government expressing opposition to the Great Lakes Basin Railroad.

The idea behind the $8 billion plan is to bypass freight congestion in the Chicago-area. The path would run from northwest Indiana, across northern Illinois, and into southern Wisconsin. Supporters say it will give an economic boost to the region, but some landowners near the proposed route aren’t sold.

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What’s the Great Lakes Basin Railroad and why should I care?

The GLBR is a proposed railway that, if you live in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, or northwest Indiana, you’ve either never heard of or have spent a lot of time learning about over the last year.

Under the current route proposal, the Great Lakes Basin Railroad would enter Kankakee County, Illinois, just below the Will County line, traveling west-southwest to enter Grundy County a couple of miles above its southern boundary.

Susan Stephens

AMC's Hell on Wheels is a fictionalized version of the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the Wild West in the 1860s.

The show draws much of its drama from a greedy tycoon who encourages workers to weave and wind tracks every which way to maximize profit—with little regard for the land.

Upon seeing a blueprint, self-proclaimed "villain" Thomas Durant laments, "Why have you made my road so straight?"

That is not so easy to get away with these days. 

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