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Lipinski Amendment Passes House Authorizing Funding for Control Towers at Smaller Airports; Could Facilitate Lewis University Airport Tower

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today after his amendment authorizing funding for air traffic control towers at smaller airports, such as Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, was included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 that passed the House of Representatives:

“My amendment allows airports, such as the one at Lewis University in Romeoville, to apply for grants from the Small Airport Fund to construct air traffic control towers for participation in the Federal Contract Tower program.  This ensures that our airspace remains the gold standard for safety by helping small airports currently operating without towers to invest in potentially life-saving infrastructure.

“With a convenient location near three major interstate highways in a fast-growing area, the Lewis University Airport, currently home to a top-notch aviation program and more than 100,000 arrivals and departures annually, has the potential to be a great economic engine for the region.  I will continue to work with the airport, the Joliet Regional Port District, the Village of Romeoville, Will County, and other local stakeholders to help improve its infrastructure and reach its full potential.”

 

Statement from David Silverman, Chairman of the Joliet Regional Port District Board, which oversees Lewis University Airport:

“Congressman Lipinski’s provision that passed the House today is a major step forward in helping Lewis University Airport find the funding we need to construct a much-needed air traffic control tower.  We applaud the Congressman for his creative thinking in authoring this amendment and for his long-time advocacy on behalf of the airport and Will County.  We are fortunate to have him fighting for our region and we thank him for his commitment to increasing safety at the airport and creating jobs in Will County.”