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U.S. Lawmakers Want More Money For Chicago-Rockford International Airport Improvements


Two members of Illinois's congressional delegation want the state to release millions of dollars to complete improvements at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

Senator Dick Durbin and 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, both Democrats, are urging Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to allow the state to send the money for the renovation project. They've sent a letter to the governor asking him to release more than $16 million for midfield improvements at the airport south of Rockford.

Rauner and the Democrat-controlled Legislature have not agreed on a budget for the fiscal year which began last July. The airport project is under way and Congress is considering an additional $2.5 million in federal money.

Durbin and Bustos say if Illinois fails to release the funding it could jeopardize the project and hundreds of jobs. But a spokeswoman for Rauner's office says proper documentation allowing the money to be released was not submitted.

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