Democratic Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval is chairman of the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee and has sponsored legislation that asks the federal Department of Transportation to look into really high-speed rail -- up to 220 mph -- in his state instead of just fast trains at 110 mph. Columnist Jon Hilkevitch notes that there are some issues with a 110 mph bullet train sharing freight tracks and asks, "Wouldn't the money be more wisely spent on building track dedicated to 220 mph, electric-powered passenger trains, like California and Florida are doing?"

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