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Protests continue against proposed rail line across Midwest

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INDIANA (WREX) -

Hundreds of people in Indiana attended public forums to protest an $8 billion, 278 mile rail line that would run from Indiana to Wisconsin, with portions affecting the Stateline.

Many attending the forums are against the line, known as the Great Lakes Basin Transportation line, saying it would ruin home values and take away land from owners. Supporters, however, say the line would relieve freight congestion in the Chicago area.

Similar forums were held in Ogle and Boone counties, where the line may be planned to travel through on the way to Wisconsin.

Officials say the rail line could handle up to 110 trains per day, but home and land owners who claim that the line would run close to their homes say they don't want a busy rail line nearby.

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