AN AGREEMENT securing Amtrak’s continued operation of three Chicago ’corridor’ services was announced on January 14. Illinois Department of Transportation had been threatening to invite open tenders for the State House to St Louis, Illini to Carbondale and Illinois Zephyr to Quincy, in an effort to lower the state’s subsidy payments.Amtrak said that it had been extremely aggressive in its efforts to retain the franchise and has made a number of concessions to win what it called ’an innovative, multi-year package’. Subject to annual appropriations from the state legislature, Illinois will pay US$7m in 1997-98, US$7·55m in 1998-99 and US$7·95m in 1999-2000, with Amtrak bearing the risk of any losses. The operator has promised to enhance service levels, improve productivity and develop a pricing structure affordable to Illinois and other states wishing to support services.Amtrak will operate the six return trips under parameters outlined by Illinois DOT including timings, scheduling and minimum seating capacity on each train. Food service must also be provided. Penalties will be payable if a train departs from an originating point more than 30min late or if departures from points of origin are less than 99% on time annually.
Dennis Lynn Uhlmansiek 68, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday September 30, 2018 in Cincinnati, OH.He was born January 18, 1950 in Batesville, Indiana, son of the late Cletus Uhlmansiek and Irene (Bockhorst) UhlmansiekHe served his country as a member of the United States Army, he was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War.Dennis worked as a Materials Handler for Wayne Water System, retiring after over 42 years of service.He was a member of IAM Union. (International Association of Machinist & Aero Space Workers) Dennis enjoyed riding his trike, dressing up as Santa, playing golf and watching wrestling. He loved 60’s & 70’s Classic Rock Music. He was an Elvis fan. Dennis loved his family and will be greatly missed.Dennis is survived by his life companion, Theresa Williams of Aurora, IN; daughters, Angie (John Hertel) Uhlmansiek of Greendale, IN, Jessica (Kevin ) Gerke of Aurora, IN; step-children, Tonya Watts of Vevay, IN, Stephanie Watts of North Bend, OH, Diana (Thomas) Watts-Nall of Marion, IO; grandchildren, Preston Sullivan, Audrey Gerke, and Chloe Hertel; step-grandchildren, Wesley Sledge, Courtney Sledge, Joshua Watts, Kylie Childress, J.T. Childress, Cecelia Nall, Connor Johnson and Collin Johnson.He was preceded in death by his parents Cletus and Irene Uhlmansiek and an infant sister.Friends will be received Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Aurora, 6060 Blair Road, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the church, Wednesday at 7:00 pm.Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com