High speed fail: Bankrupt Illinois buying engines that don’t exist

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English: Map of Chicago Hub Network, a federal...

English: Map of Chicago Hub Network, a federally designated high speed rail corridor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Illinois is looking for the railroad equivalent of a unicorn — a super-fast, super-clean, super-cheap locomotive that is not real.

The Federal Railroad Administration has placed Illinois in charge of buying 35 new, “next generation” locomotives to serve the to-be built high-speed rail lines in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, California and Washington, even though the locomotives do not yet exist.

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