Durbin, Duckworth Announce $55 Million In Federal Funding For Airports Throughout Illinois

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that five Illinois regional airports will receive a total of $38,776,723 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Additionally, the State of Illinois Block Grant Program will receive $16,288,753 through the AIP for development projects, bringing the total federal investment to $55,065,476.

“Investing in our regional airports is key to our State's economic success,” Durbin said. “This funding will help modernize our aviation infrastructure, provide key safety equipment, and improve the experience for travelers. I will continue working with Senator Duckworth to ensure Illinois communities have access to the federal funding they need to make air travel more efficient and safe."

“Investing in our airport infrastructure is vital to the strength of our state’s transportation systems and our local economies,” Duckworth said. “This funding will help ensure our Illinois airports have the necessary resources to make much-needed improvements and support local job growth. I will continue to advocate for funding that makes our air transit safer and more reliable and spurs economic development across the state.”

The following airports will receive funding:

  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport: $13,476,080 to construct a taxiway
  • General Downing—Peoria International Airport: $4,463,978 to rehabilitate the terminal building, strengthen apron, and acquire snow removal equipment
  • Scott AFB/MidAmerica Airport:  $2,218,884 to expand the terminal building
  • University of Illinois—Willard Airport: $1,300,692 to rehabilitate taxiway lighting
  • Quincy Regional—Baldwin Field Airport: $1,028,336 to reconstruct a runway and acquire an aircraft rescue & firefighting vehicle