Chicago Rockford Airport to receive $11.3 million from U.S. DOT

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Chicago Rockford International Airport will soon see some new improvements thanks to a large grant.

The airport will receive nearly $11.3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The announcement came Tuesday from Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ office.

Funding will help Chicago Rockford International Airport restore runways and taxiways, according to Bustos' office.

“The Chicago Rockford International Airport is doing great work to grow and expand their operations,” Bustos (IL-17) said. “They are an economic hub for our region of Illinois and create good-paying jobs in our community."

U.S. senators say the funding will help support local job growth, create a safer airport and boost the stateline's economic development.

“Investing in our airport infrastructure is vital to the strength of our state’s transportation systems and our local economies,” U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) said. “This funding will help ensure Chicago Rockford International Airport has the necessary resources to make much-needed improvements and support local job growth."

“Airports and reliable air service are crucial to the economic success of Illinois communities large and small,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois)said. “Thanks to continued federal investment, the ongoing improvements at Chicago Rockford International Airport will create jobs and ensure we can keep up with increased air cargo demands."

In May, the airport also introduced 500 jobs and announced it would receive $9 million in federal grants​ for another construction project.