August 24, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $7.6 Million for Central Illinois Airports


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $7,659,968 in federal funding to three Central Illinois airports. These Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investments are 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 airports in Peoria, Savoy and Springfield.

“Making sure airports in Central Illinois continue to have the support they need during this pandemic is critical to protecting local jobs and enhancing the traveler experience,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud to join Senator Durbin in announcing this infusion of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan to assist our state’s transportation systems.”

“This federal funding will help create a safer and more efficient experience for travelers and staff at airports around Central Illinois,” 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 following entities will receive funding:

  • Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria (General Downing) will receive $4,394,907.
  • Board of Trustees University of Illinois (University of Illinois-Willard) will receive $1,849,172.
  • Springfield Airport Authority will receive $1,415,889.