rail Federal Money Available For Rail Safety...Just Not Much Of It By Susan Stephens • Sep 2, 2015 Illinois Railroad Association Last year, 269 people were killed in the US at rail crossings. 40% of those happened in just five states…and Illinois is one of them. Nippon Sharyo Rolls Out Rail Car No. 1,000 in Rochelle By Susan Stephens • Mar 17, 2015 Susan Stephens / WNIJ A railcar factory in Rochelle hit a major milestone Tuesday -- it completed its one-thousandth passenger rail car since opening in 2012. Free Range Radio: All Aboard! By Susan Stephens • May 11, 2014 Susan Stephens / WNIJ It's time to ride the rails with Free Range Radio as we celebrate National Train Day. Is Rail In The Future For Illinois Tollway Authority? By Mike Moen • Sep 10, 2012 The Illinois Tollway Authority now has state approval to consider adding rail service on its property. But supporters of the new law say it would probably take a while for any such project to materialize. Japanese trainmaker cuts ribbon at Rochelle factory By Guy Stephens • Jul 19, 2012 Guy Stephens / WNIJ A host of public officials and hundreds of invited guests came to Rochelle Thursday to mark the grand opening of Japanese company Nippon Sharyo’s new rail car manufacturing facility there.