murphy 051121SPRINGFIELD – The state is investing $94 million in public airports across the state through the Rebuild Illinois construction program, and State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) is encouraging airports in the Northwest Suburbs to apply for a portion of the funding.

“With a post-pandemic travel boom on the horizon, it’s important that our local airports are prepared to make the most of it,” Murphy said. “These funds will allow the smaller airports in our community to make much-needed repairs, modernize their facilities and attract more passengers.”

Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the Rebuild Illinois program will provide $94 million in funding to improve public airports throughout the state. Through a competitive grant process, airports may submit project proposals for updates, improvements, and extensions of their facilities.

Airports must be for public use and included in the Illinois Aviation System Plan to be eligible for the funding. Applications are due June 14 to be eligible for grants of up to $25 million.

Two airports in the district Murphy represents are eligible to apply for funding: Schaumburg Regional Airport and Schaumburg Municipal Helistop.

Application information and a full list of eligible airports are available on IDOT’s Airport Improvement Program page. Awards are anticipated to be announced later this year.