Rep. Lipinski and IDOT Secretary Blankenhorn Meet with Joliet Regional Port District Board and Will County Governmental League to Discuss Future Improvements at Lewis University Airport and Around the Region (June 1, 2015)

This afternoon, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Randy Blankenhorn met with the Joliet Regional Port District Board and the Will County Governmental League (WCGL) to discuss support for improvements at Lewis University Airport in Romeoville as well as other transportation needs in the region.

“Lewis University Airport plays an integral role in the region as an economic engine and also a great asset for the University’s top-rated aviation program,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “I will continue to work with the Federal Aviation Administration and others to prioritize investment in its future.  At the top of the list is a permanent control tower – perhaps a remote tower – which will significantly increase use of the airport and be an economic boon for the area.  As the most senior member from Illinois on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a member of the Aviation Subcommittee, I was glad so many local leaders were able to get together to discuss both the airport and the need for comprehensive, long-term bills on a state and federal level to assist with transportation projects that are critical to the region.  My thanks to the WCGL, the Joliet Regional Port District, Lewis University, and Romeoville Mayor Noak for their direction and insights leading up to and during today’s event.  And special thanks to IDOT Secretary Blankenhorn for taking the time to listen and to work with us on these issues.”

“The Lewis Airport is important to the overall economic health of the entire Will County area,” said John Noak, Mayor of Romeoville and a member of the WCGL and the Joliet Regional Port District Board.  “We greatly appreciate Congressman Lipinski and Secretary Blankenhorn for their time and efforts focusing on the airport and other transportation-related projects that weigh heavily on the future of the region’s economy and the safety of its residents.”

Earlier this spring, Congressman Lipinski announced that Lewis University Airport will be receiving a grant for $490,615 for a taxiway.  This grant is part of a public-private collaboration that includes Lewis University, the airport, and the State of Illinois.  This airport improvement is expected to promote job creation by attracting more businesses to the region and help the Lewis University Aviation program.

Owned and operated by the Joliet Regional Port District, Lewis University Airport accommodates more than 100,000 arrivals and departures annually.