- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Dozens of people gathered in front of the East St. Louis City Hall to call for a high-speed rail station in the city.

The Rev. Jerome Rogers of United Congregations of Metro East said Thursday the community is tired of seeing nothing stop in the city.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1sxCy8S) Rogers pointed out a high-speed rail stop could serve as an economic engine, meaning jobs for the economically strapped Mississippi River city.

The state is working to connect Chicago and St. Louis with a 284-mile rail track capable of allowing trains to reach 110 mph.

East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks said leaders have gathered 10,000 signatures on a petition seeking the station. St. Clair County has devoted $500,000 to study and design a station for the city.