Durbin, Duckworth Announce Nearly $15 Million For Regional Airports Throughout Illinois

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that 10 Illinois regional airports will receive a total of $14,774,459 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) State Block Grant Program.

“Investing in our regional airports is key to our state's economic success,” said Durbin. “This funding will help modernize our aviation infrastructure and improve 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."

“As a pilot, I know how important regional airports are to communities across the state of Illinois,” said Duckworth. “This funding will help ensure these airports have the resources they need to make necessary improvements and support local job growth. I’ll keep working with Senator Durbin to improve Illinois’ airports and boost economic development throughout our great state.”

The following airports will receive funding:

  • Coles County Memorial Airport: $1,287,639 to reconstruct Taxiway B
  • Salem-Leckrone Airport: $409,577 to rehabilitate Runway 18-36
  • Chicago Executive Airport (Prospect Heights/Wheeling): $3,892,700 for noise mitigation and to rehabilitate Runway 12-30 and replace lighting
  • Decatur Airport: $1,567,562 to rehabilitate portions of Runway 6-24
  • Logan County Airport: $1,153,190 to widen Runway 3-21 and reconstruct turnarounds
  • Pekin Municipal Airport: $1,620,000 to rehabilitate Runway 9-27 and turnarounds
  • Lewis University Airport: $1,732,221 to rehabilitate Taxiway B
  • Kewanee Municipal Airport: $775,763 to rehabilitate Runway 1-19
  • Greenville Airport: $610,807 to rehabilitate Runway 18/36
  • Rochelle Municipal Airport (Koritz Field): $1,725,000 to rehabilitate Runway 7/25

The FAA’s State Block Grant Program provides funding for airport infrastructure projects such as runways and taxiways at airports classified as "other than primary" airports. Illinois has been in the State Block Grant Program since its inception in 1990 as one of the three states selected to participate in the initial pilot program.