The so-called “Executive Shuttle Service” that flies state officials between Springfield and Chicago free of charge will be changing. After criticisms from the Better Government Association, and a television news investigation, flights that have only a few passengers will be canceled. According to the report, each flight costs taxpayers three-thousand dollars, and 47-percent of the flights are less than half-full. Each plane can carry up to nine passengers.
The fleet of four King Air 350 turboprop planes was reserved for elected officials, state department heads and other high ranking state government officials to use for official business between Midway Airport in Chicago and Abraham Capitol Airport in Springfield. I-DOT runs the flight service and following the investigation, announced flights will fewer than four passengers would be cancelled. There are usually two flights a day between the two cities.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.