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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2011

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IDOT Secretary Announces Economic Impact Study of Illinois’ Airports

Results Will Guide Future Enhancements of State’s Aeronautics System

SPRINGFIELD- Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Gary Hannig today announced the start of a statewide aviation economic impact study to measure the local economic benefits of Illinois’ system of airports. The 18-month study will examine more than 100 airports statewide and will guide IDOT’s Division of Aeronautics and aviation and economic development leaders as they push to enhance the state’s aviation network and create more jobs.

“We are extremely pleased to initiate this study to explore and identify unique local benefits of Illinois’ Aviation System,” said IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig. “Illinois’ airport network is one of the largest and most diverse aviation systems in the nation. The finished economic study, following federal guidelines, will yield a thorough analysis of the positive impact of each airport within its respective community.”

Wilbur Smith Associates was selected to conduct the statewide aviation economic impact study and will be assisted by the firms of Applied Real Estate Analysis (AREA); Crawford, Murphy, and Tilly (CMT); and Hanson Professional Services. The team will be in contact with each of the airports and many of the on-airport businesses to collect data on economic activity.

“This type of review will clearly demonstrate the value of each airport to the local community and Illinois’ economy,” said Dr. Susan Shea, IDOT’s Director of Aeronautics. “The information gained from the study will provide a benchmark for planning and future enhancement of the state’s overall aeronautics system.”

Measuring the individual and collective economic activities stemming from the airports, including the state’s commercial service facilities, will provide a comprehensive analysis to the public, government officials and other stakeholders of how the state benefits from the presence of each Illinois airport.

The list of airports involved in the economic impact study of the Illinois Aviation System is as followed:

Commercial Passenger and Cargo Airports

Associated Cities

Airport Name

Belleville/St. Louis

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport

Bloomington/Normal

Central Illinois Regional Airport

Champaign/Urbana

University of Illinois-Willard Airport

Chicago

Chicago Midway International Airport

Chicago

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Decatur

Decatur Airport

Marion

Williamson County Regional Airport

Moline/Rock Island/Davenport

Quad City International Airport

Peoria

General Wayne A. Downing-Peoria International Airport

Quincy

Quincy Regional Airport-Baldwin Field

Rockford

Chicago Rockford International Airport

Springfield

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport

 

Metropolitan Airports

Associated Cities

Airport Name

Aurora

Aurora Municipal Airport

Alton/Bethalto

St. Louis Regional Airport

Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport

Cahokia/Sauget

St. Louis Downtown Airport

Carbondale/Murphysboro

Southern Illinois Airport

Charleston/Mattoon

Coles County Memorial Airport

Danville

Vermilion Regional Airport-Clarence F. Carter Field

DeKalb

DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport

Freeport

Freeport Albertus Airport

Galesburg

Galesburg Municipal Airport

Joliet

Joliet Regional Airport

Kankakee

Greater Kankakee Airport

Lake in the Hills

Lake in the Hills Airport

Lansing

Lansing Municipal Airport

Pekin

Pekin Municipal Airport

Peoria

Mount Hawley Auxiliary Airport

Romeoville

Lewis University Airport

Schaumburg

Schaumburg Regional Airport

Waukegan

Waukegan Regional Airport

West Chicago

DuPage Airport

Wheeling/Prospect Heights

Chicago Executive Airport

 

Community Airports

Associated Cities

Airport Name

Aledo

Mercer County Airport

Cairo

Cairo Regional Airport

Canton

Ingersoll Airport

Centralia

Centralia Municipal Airport

Dixon

Dixon Municipal Airport-Charles R. Walgreen Field

Effingham

Effingham County Memorial

Harrisburg-Raleigh

Harrisburg-Raleigh Airport

Jacksonville

Jacksonville Municipal Airport

Lacon

Marshall County Airport

Lincoln

Logan County Airport

Macomb

Macomb Municipal Airport

Metropolis

Metropolis Municipal Airport

Monmouth

Monmouth Municipal Airport

Morris

James R. Washburn Field-Morris Municipal Airport

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Outland Airport

Pontiac

Pontiac Municipal Airport

Rantoul

Rantoul National Aviation Center-Frank Elliott Field

Rochelle

Rochelle Municipal Airport-Koritz Field

Sterling/Rock Falls

Whiteside County Airport-Joseph H. Bittorf Field

Taylorville

Taylorville Municipal Airport


 

Local Airports

Associated Cities

Airport Name

Beardstown

Greater Beardstown Airport

Benton

Benton Municipal Airport

Carmi

Carmi Municipal Airport

Casey

Casey Municipal Airport

Fairfield

Fairfield Municipal Airport

Flora

Flora Airport

Greenville

Greenville Municipal Airport

Havana

Havana Regional Airport

Kewanee

Kewanee Municipal Airport

Lawrenceville-Vincennes

Lawrenceville-Vincennes International Airport-Mid-American Air Center

Litchfield

Litchfield Municipal Airport

Mt. Carmel

Mt. Carmel Municipal Airport

Mt. Sterling

Robert F. Tracy Municipal Airport

Olney-Noble

Olney-Noble Airport

Paris

Edgar County Airport

Peru-LaSalle

Illinois Valley Regional Airport

Pinckneyville/Du Quoin

Pinckneyville-DuQuoin Airport

Pittsfield

Pittsfield Penstone Municipal Airport

Robinson

Crawford County Airport

Salem

Salem-Leckrone Airport

Savanna

Tri-Township Airport

Shelbyville

Shelby County Airport

Sparta

Sparta Community Airport-Hunter Field

Vandalia

Vandalia Regional Airport

 

Privately-Owned Airports, Open to the Public

Associated City

Facility Name

Apple River

Foster Field Airport

Columbia

Sackman Field

Compton

Bresson Airport

Dwight

Dwight Airport

Erie

Erie Air Park Ultralight Flightpark

Freeport

Freeport/Dornink Airport

Geneseo

Gen-Airpark Airport

Grayslake

Campbell Airport

Greenwood/Wonder Lake

Galt Field Airport

Harvard

Dacy Airport

Highland

Highland-Winet Airport

Hinckley

Hinckley Airport

Kankakee

Kankakee Airport

Lostant

Hartenbower Hectares Airport

Manito

Manito Mitchell Airport

Mendota

Grandpa’s Farm Mendota Airport

Moline

Quad-City Seaplane Base

Monee

Bult Field

Monticello

Piatt County Airport

Mt. Morris

Ogle County Airport

Newark

Cushing Field Ltd Airport

Ottawa

Skydive Chicago Airport

Palmyra

Zelmer Memorial Airpark Inc.

Paxton

Paxton Airport

Poplar Grove

Poplar Grove Airport

Rockford

Cottonwood Airport

Rushville

Schuy-Rush Airport

St. Jacob

St. Louis Metro East Airport-Shafer Field

Tuscola

Tuscola Airport

Urbana

Frasca Field Airport

Watson

Percival Springs Airport

Yates City

Tri-County Airport

 

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