Local opposition to routes should not block a plan to establish a network of high-speed trains across the U.S., according to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. "We have to do this, and high-speed rail is part of that movement to save energy," Quinn said. "We don't want the petro-dictators having a stranglehold on America." The state recently applied to the federal government to upgrade a Chicago-to-St. Louis route that runs through Springfield, Ill. -- the state capital -- to high-speed status.

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