For immediate release, February 22, 2022

Eight suburbs form coalition to stop major freight rail merger's impact on them

Bartlett, Bensenville, Elgin, Itasca, Hanover Park, Roselle, Wood Dale, and Schaumburg Join Forces to Protect Their Communities’ Health, Safety, Environment, and Economic Development

ITASCA, IL - The Coalition to Stop CPKC has formed to do what it can to stop the plans of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Kansas City Southern Railroad from merging and causing significant adverse impact on the Coalition members’ communities. The proposed merger in front of the Service Transportation Board (STB) would conjoin the two Class I freight railroads, causing at least a 300% increase in freight traffic on Metra’s Milwaukee District West rail line within three years, according to their proposed operating plan. The increase in the number of trains and train lengths - some will be as long as two miles - through the communities would have a detrimental impact on the quality of life for residents and business operations, property values, vehicular movement, environmental, and pedestrian safety, among other harms.

Starting this week, the eight communities are entering into a formal Intergovernmental Agreement. On February 28, 2022, the Coalition will be submitting its opening comments on the merger application to the STB. 

Press Conference

Village of Itasca
550 W. Irving Park Rd.
Itasca, IL 60143
*Live stream available on Facebook at

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

Village of Bartlett Trustee Aaron Reinke
Village of Bensenville President Frank DeSimone
City of Elgin Mayor David Kaptain
Village of Hanover Park Mayor Rod Craig
Village of Itasca Mayor Jeff Pruyn
Village of Roselle Mayor David Pileski
Village of Schaumburg President Tom Dailly
City of Wood Dale Mayor Nunzio Pulice
Various Police and Fire Chiefs

Lissa Druss & Judy Pardonnet Hilkevitch 312-259-8600 or 630-445-3019 or

For more information on the Coalition to Stop CPKC: or

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