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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2011

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 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


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