Durbin Announces More Than $9 Million in DOT Funding for Illinois Transportation Agencies

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $9,356,359 in grants to Illinois transportation agencies. 

“Today’s grants will allow airports and transit agencies in Illinois make needed improvements and upgrades to help them serve travelers more safely and efficiently,” said Durbin.  “These important projects will also create good paying jobs throughout Illinois during the current construction season.”

The following airports and transit agencies will receive funding under today’s announcement:


  • Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (Springfield): $328,446 in funding for the installation of runway incursion caution bars that will help prevent runway incursions at numerous locations on the airfield;
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Chicago): $4,000,000 in funding for noise mitigation measures for residences within 65 –
    69 Day Night Level;
  • State of Illinois (Prospect Heights / Wheeling): $2,416,500 in funding for the State Block Grant Program which will be used to complete the taxiway L extension project which will increase the efficiency of aircraft operations and reduce the number of runway crossings at Chicago Executive Airport;
  • State of Illinois (Decatur / Mount Vernon): $2,611,413 in funding for the State Block Grant Program which will be used to install ten foot perimeter fencing at Decatur Airport and Mount Vernon Airport to protect the airfields from intruding wildlife and improve overall security.