January 23, 2006

High speed rail link touted by Jacobs turns out to be a mystery train

Readers will recall the high-speed rail project between here and Geneseo (population 6,480, distance from Moline, 20 miles or 18 minutes) which Mike Jacobs and his supporters have been trying to claim as a great achievement on his part.

Word has it that there's going to be an upcoming piece in the Dispatch/Argus which reveals that it appears nowhere in the state budget. What's the story on that? I guess we'll find out.


At 1/24/2006 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geneseo Dope, not Galesburg.

Go figure, Mike made an outrageous claim and wound up on the front page of the paper.

At 1/24/2006 7:41 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Damn! I'm sorry about that error. You know, I just never imagined that it would only go as far as Geneseo, for goodness sake! The reason I mistakenly thought it was Galesburg is that Galesburg is the nearest point where you can connect with AmTrak service, and I naturally thought this proposal was to at least link to that, and thus to the national rail system. I didn't realize and couldn't imagine it would only be a high speed train to such a nearby (and relatively small) town.

Sorry for the error. It's now corrected.

At 1/24/2006 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This rail isn't a conventional heavy train from what the news reported tonight. It would be a high speed efficient rail with service to Chicago. I for one am for progress. The internet was considered crazy once.

At 1/24/2006 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did you know that the dispatch was going to do a story. Are you a newsman or what.

At 1/24/2006 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a long time resident I have trouble with the Dispatch and the Dope both so quick to jump on Jacobs for trying to bring a train here. It is obvious that you are against him and that is ok. However, I dont understand doing it at the cost of the community that I live in. This is my home and a train to Chicago would be a big advantage. The IDOT guy stated that he would rather have it go from St. Louis to Chicago and if that is what you are for then I suggest that you think of moving there. They could use some negative energy down there.

At 1/25/2006 6:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice attempt at a disguise Mike. Maybe you should grow a mustache so that when you make idiotic quotes on TV, people won't know they're from you either.

The train, as planned, is a bad idea. Plain and simple.

Hey, I know, why don't they route the train directly to the hog plant?

At 1/25/2006 2:08 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

No one is jumping on the attempt to bring a train here. Opinions obviously differ on the wisdom of the proposal, and I tend to think there's other things that are more pressing than rails service to Geneseo.

But that's debating the idea, not downing Jacobs for it.

The problem with Jacobs is that he gave a misleading impression that the project was on the front burner and then it was reported that it doesn't even exist in the budget.

This has since been disputed by noting the fact that transportation projects like this don't appear as line items in the budget. But while that's a fact that should be reported, it doesn't change the thrust of the story, which is the fact that it does not appear in the budget and it appears that the state isn't exactly on board, pardon the pun, with the idea.

At 1/25/2006 5:42 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 21:58,

Gotta love that "If you don't agree with me or like my ideas, just move!" bullshit.

A trademark response of a truely shallow mind.

You probably tell Latinos who oppose you that they should move back to Mexico too, eh?

At 1/25/2006 5:48 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And to the similarly dim person who commented that I had been told where to find some sort of infomation about this but had refused to post it, (which I dumped in the trash because of other untrue and nasty stuff it contained) I'd ask them what the hell they're talking about?

Someone said that there was a report "on TV" that the Dispatch story was wrong. "On TV" isn't exactly being told where the information can be found, but I did find a story on the WQAD site that noted that the train project wasn't in the budget and quoted from it directly.

I've also made note of the argument that the story was somehow wrong because there are no line items in the transportation budget. This is information worth knowing, but doesn't change the fact that the project is largely hypothetical.

So just where was I told where to find this "information" whatever the hell it is? What did I miss?

At 1/26/2006 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Devil is getting ready for your soul for all the lying that you are doing. This is a real problem with censorship. I wrote nothing nasty and for you to say otherwise is something that you are going to have to talk to your maker about. I'm sure that you are a Godless person however.

At 1/27/2006 1:16 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Aw, that's not true. I'm an extremely devout person. I pray to God often. Who do you think tells me which comments to toss?

You'd better take it up with Him.

You say you didn't say anything "nasty", but of course, that's not the only thing that might get your comment tossed.

Did it makes any sense? Because that counts too. Did it have anything to do with the topic of the post? Did it contribute anything to the discussion?

By the way, since you and so many others post as anonymous, how am I supposed to know what you said? If I had some idea, I'd be happy to tell you why it didn't make it into print. Drop me an e-mail and we'll discuss it. There's obviously something you're not getting.


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