A $9 million investment is being made to improve 19 Illinois airports.  A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Transportation, Mike Claffey, says, “This will create construction jobs and improve access and improve safety across the state.”  Not all of the airports that applied for a share of the money got it.
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Claffey says, “We funded those which appeared to be ready to go and could really make an impact for the local airports and help them take care of maintenance that was badly needed.“  A recent study of Illinois airports’ economic impact, estimated at $40 billion locally, is available at http://illinoisairportsmeanbusiness.com/
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