August 24, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $300 Million for Chicago Airports


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $316,367,687 in federal funding to the City of Chicago for O’Hare International and Midway International 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 O’Hare and Midway.

“Making sure these major transportation hubs in Chicago continue to have the support they need to operate safely during this pandemic is critical to protecting 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 O’Hare and Midway,” 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.”

Under this announcement, the City of Chicago will receive $62,801,513 for Midway airport and $253,566,174 for O’Hare.