August 24, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin and Bustos Announce Nearly $5 Million for Greater Rockford Airport Authority


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today announced $4,944,122 in federal funding to the Greater Rockford Airport Authority. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investment is funded through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and will provide some economic relief for costs associated with operations, staffing, cleaning, sanitization and combating the spread of COVID-19 at Chicago Rockford International Airport.

“Making sure Rockford International continues to have support during this pandemic is critical to local jobs and the traveler experience,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud to join Senator Durbin and Congresswoman Bustos in announcing this infusion of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan to support a transportation system within our state.”

“This federal funding will help create a safer and more efficient experience for travelers and staff at Rockford International Airport,” Durbin said. “Investing in our airports is key to Illinois’ economic success, especially as communities recover from the effects of COVID-19. Senator Duckworth and I were proud to support the American Rescue Plan to bring this funding to our state.”

“The American Rescue Plan was the bold relief package our communities needed to receive immediate assistance in the face of this pandemic – including our regional airports,” Bustos said. “They serve travelers, move goods and cargo to keep our supply chains strong and drive our local economy. I’m pleased to join Senators Durbin and Duckworth to announce this federal investment and will continue to work alongside them to strengthen our transportation hubs.”