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Rockford airport included in $677M federal grant

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Three Illinois regional airports, including the Chicago Rockford International Airport, are receiving nearly $12 million in federal grants to make improvements to runways and terminals.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the money is part of $677 million in grants being awarded to more than 200 airports across 43 states.

Rockford will receive about $5.2 million to expand the terminal building and an airport apron, or the area where planes are parked and refueled.

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield is getting about $4.6 million to improve its terminal building, while Quincy Regional Airport-Baldwin Field in Quincy was awarded $2.1 million to rebuild a runway.

The State of Illinois has also allocated more than $14.5 million for the Rockford airport.

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