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Rockford residents can look forward to taking a train into Chicago next year, after three decades without passenger rail service. 

The National Transportation Safety Board released its final report Tuesday on a deadly 2009 train derailment in Winnebago County.

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Construction is expected to begin later this year on a new passenger train station in downtown Rockford. Governor Pat Quinn announced the state was putting three million dollars toward the effort during a news conference at the historic Tinker Swiss Cottage Tuesday afternoon -- not far from where the station will be built. The governor said not only is it important to look at transportation needs all over the state, it’s important to make sure northern Illinois is connected, especially Rockford.