U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, announced May 3 that the Joliet Regional Port District will receive $6 million to build an air traffic control tower at Lewis University Airport.
The tower will not only provide increased safety, but will facilitate expanded use of the airport to grow the regional economy and create jobs. The funding, which was included in an infrastructure bill that passed the General Assembly, had been requested by Lipinski as well as local officials.
“Six years ago, when I first began to represent the communities around Lewis University Airport, I was made aware of the great potential for economic development and job creation if upgrades could be made at the airport, particularly the installation of a control tower,” Lipinski said. “In the past few years, I’ve been able to get federal funding for runway improvements and to make the tower eligible for federal funding, helping the airport to grow business opportunities.
“When the state began considering a capital bill, I reached out to the leaders of the two chambers and the governor to request $6 million to build the tower. I am thankful that they recognized the importance of this project and have provided the funding.”
Lewis University Airport is one of the top five busiest airports in the state and is located near three major interstate highways in a fast-growing region. Lewis University, which is adjacent to the airport, is home to one of the nation’s top aviation programs.
“I’ve worked hard on this project along with officials in Romeoville and Will County and I am glad this day has finally come,” Lipinski said.