Today’s Grants Bring Total Federal Investment in Rockford Airport to More Than $27 Million Since 2015
ROCKFORD, IL – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to announce $3,200,000 in federal grants for the Chicago Rockford International Airport. Specifically, $2 million will be used to expand the terminal building and the additional $1.2 million will be used to expand the cargo apron to provide additional aircraft parking as the airport works to keep up with increased demand.
This news comes on the heels of the State of Illinois finally passing a budget that provides its portion of funding for the airport’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facility, $14.7 million, which the Airport has been waiting for since 2015.
“The Chicago Rockford International Airport is a major success story in our community and its continued growth has meant more jobs, better pay and new economic development opportunities,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I’ve been honored to work with Senators Durbin and Duckworth to provide the federal funding necessary to expand operations at Rockford’s Airport and I’m pleased to see the State has finally come through on their obligation. We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m pleased to see so much progress being made at the Rockford Airport.”
“The Chicago Rockford International Airport is not only a critical transportation asset, it’s an economic driver for the entire region,” Durbin said. “The ongoing terminal expansion and upgrades at RFD will create jobs and ensure we can keep up with air travel demands. While it took far too long, I’m glad to see the Rauner Administration has finally provided the state funding that was promised years ago. I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Duckworth and Congresswoman Bustos to bring these investments to Rockford.”
“As a general aviation pilot, I know how important airports like RFD are to communities across the state of Illinois,” said Duckworth. “This funding will help ensure the Chicago Rockford International Airport has the resources it needs to meet increasing demand, provide good-paying jobs and continue to be an economic engine for the region.”
Today’s funding is in addition to the nearly $24 million in federal dollars that has been awarded for improvements at Rockford Airport since 2015.