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The number of people using Amtrak rail service in Illinois jumped by 5.5% over the last 11 months.

The total number of passengers in Illinois was just short of 2 million.

The Chicago to St. Louis route saw the biggest jump, an increase of almost 11%. Chicago-to-Milwaukee had the smallest increase - just 2.5%.

The growth in Illinois topped Amtrak's national increase of 3.4%.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin issued a statement Monday calling the growth good news for the people and businesses along the train routes. He also says high demand is a positive sign for plans to create a new route from Chicago to the Quad Cities.

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