BLET National President Dennis Pierce welcomed the new Illinois Railway workers and thanked them for voting BLET. He also said contract negotiations with rail management would begin as quickly as possible.
Illinois Railway members will hold membership in BLET Division 682 (Hammond, Ind.) and will belong to the BLET's Indiana Harbor Belt General Committee of Adjustment. The railroad is comprised of four track segments aggregating 113 miles of track located just west of the Chicago suburbs.