Durbin Announces Nearly $1.9 Million in DOT Grants for Chicago/Rockford International Airport

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded two grants totaling $1,882,715 to the Greater Rockford Airport Authority. This funding will be used for equipment and improvements at the Chicago Rockford International Airport.


“Today’s grants will help expand the capacity and efficiency of the Chicago/Rockford International Airport and ensure that one of the region’s premiere airports can continue to serve passengers safely and securely," said Durbin.


The Airport Authority will receive $551,053 to acquire a new aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, as well as $1,331,662 to reimburse costs incurred during cargo apron construction and runway rehabilitation. The cargo apron is the area of the airport where aircraft are parked, unloaded or loaded, refueled or boarded. Chicago Rockford International Airport is currently ranked among the 20 most active air cargo airports in the U.S. and is the 215th busiest passenger service airport.