WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIFR) - Senator Dick Durbin met with Chicago Rockford International Airport Authority director Mike Dunn to talk about the thousands of jobs the airport is creating by expanding cargo operations.
In the last two years, Durbin has helped secure more than $24 million in federal funding for the airport. $5 million of that federal funding is for the construction of a 30,000 square-yard cargo apron for aircraft parking.
“Northern Illinois’ economic growth depends on our airports, and Chicago Rockford International Airport is no exception. Thanks to continued federal investment, the ongoing cargo expansion and upgrades at RFD are creating jobs and ensuring we can keep up with increased air travel demands,” said Durbin. “The federal government has committed to creating economic opportunity in Northern Illinois, and the investment is clearly paying off in the form on thousands of good-paying jobs and more to come.”