U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced Tuesday that the Department of Transportation has awarded $1,643,138 in funding to the state of Illinois for infrastructure improvements and upgrades at two local airports, including Lewis University Airport in Romeoville.
“Today’s funding will help these airports continue serving their users safely and efficiently by making needed improvements and upgrades,” Durbin said.
Soon, the Lewis University Airport will receive $1,144,659 in funding for runway improvements. Additionally, Lake in the Hills Airport in McHenry County will get $498,479 in funding to enhance safety features near the runway.
The grants were awarded on a competitive basis through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Airport Improvement Program which is funded by the Airport and Airways Trust Fund. Revenue in to the trust fund comes from ticket taxes, user fees and aviation fuel taxes.
Funds are authorized by Congress in multi-year FAA reauthorization acts and then appropriated each year by Congress. The FAA determines which airport projects are the highest priority and distributes their discretionary funding to them accordingly.