Lipinski Amendment Included in FAA Bill Could Help Fund Control Tower at Romeoville's Lewis University Airport (September 26, 2018)

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives approved a five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which includes his amendment authorizing funding for air traffic control towers at smaller airports, such as Lewis University Airport in Romeoville.  This bill is expected to pass the Senate soon and be sent to the President for his signature.

“Small airports play an essential role in America’s aviation system and these airports can play an even bigger role if more are equipped with air traffic control towers.  That is why I offered an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill to allow smaller airports to apply for grants from the Small Airport Fund to construct control towers.  This will help ensure that our airspace remains the gold standard for safety by helping small airports currently operating without towers to invest in this infrastructure.  This would not only mean economic development around these smaller airports, but would relieve congestion at larger airports.  One local airport that could benefit from this change is Lewis University Airport, currently handling more than 100,000 arrivals and departures annually and home to a top-notch aviation program.”   


Statement from Lewis University Airport Director Chris Lawson:

“Lewis University Airport is fortunate to have such an active, engaged advocate in Congress who understands the needs of his constituents and those of the airport.  Congressman Lipinski’s provision will help further Lewis University Airport’s priorities and support its ability to grow.  We are grateful for his leadership in Washington and Illinois and look forward to working with him in the future to expand transportation in Will County.”


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

“Congressman Lipinski’s amendment 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 legislation, 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.”

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