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Amtrak gets grant to upgrade Chicago train yard

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago-based Amtrak station is getting an eco-friendly upgrade.

Illinois officials have awarded Amtrak with a $300,000 energy efficiency grant to assist the agency in updating its train yard in Chicago.

State officials say the grant will reduce Amtrak's natural gas consumption and help the rail company save millions of dollars annually.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office says the grant is funded through the Illinois Energy Now program, which provides millions of dollars in rebates to public facilities that make large-scale equipment improvements to their electric and natural gas systems.

State officials say the energy efficient investments will help in the future by keeping the cost of business low.