Senator Radogno (Lemont) visited Decatur’s Midwest Inland Port (MIP) for a tour of the multi-modal transportation hub on September 27. Senator Radogno commended the MIP on the progress and growth of the facility since her previous visit for the 2013 ribbon cutting.
Radogno also acknowledged Macon County’s ability to recognize the problems with rail and traffic congestion in the Chicago area, and offer a solution downstate that will keep much-needed business in Illinois.
“As most people know, the rail and traffic congestion in the Chicago area is enormous and there is still a lot of demand outside the Chicago area for products,” Radogno says. “This allows us to keep much of that business in the state. This is a great opportunity.”
Radogno was invited by Republican State Senator Chapin Rose, who also praised the development.
“It’s pretty amazing when you stop to think that we have 100 million customers within 10 hours truck traffic and now you have this wonderful intermodal here to support the business infrastructure we have and also encourage businesses to come,” Rose explains. “The more people that see this and the more knowledge base there is, the better.”
Radogno believes there are opportunities for future expansion of the port, particularly of agricultural products.
According to their website, the Midwest Inland Port is a road and rail inter-modal transportation hub located in Decatur, Illinois that delivers both domestic and international flexibility for companies through a well-positioned transportation corridor, connecting the Midwest to the East, West and Gulf Coasts of North America.