Chicago Rockford Airport receives $9 million in federal grants

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Chicago Rockford International Airport will receive $9 million in federal grants for an apron construction project.

The grants, Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration, will help the airport as it expands cargo operations and faces a need of additional aircraft parking space.

“Chicago Rockford International Airport plays a major role in the economic health of our region,” said U.S. Rep. Chris Bustos (IL-17th District). “They bring good-paying jobs and business back home to our community and I’m excited by their outstanding work and continued growth."

“Chicago Rockford International Airport is not only a vital transportation asset, it’s an economic driver for all of Northern Illinois,” said Sen. Durbin. “Thanks to continued federal investment, the ongoing expansion and upgrades at RFD will create jobs and ensure we can keep up with increased air cargo demands."

The federal grants will benefit 127 airports across 50 states and Puerto Rico. Each airport receives funding based on needs for construction or equipment to increase the safety, capacity, and security.