State Senator: Send Some Air Traffic To Rockford

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — A state lawmaker from Rockford wants to accommodate overflow air traffic from O’Hare to an airport in his region, to try keeping money in Illinois.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports, state Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) says expansions at O’Hare International Airport are imminent, and he wants state and federal officials to consider using Chicago-Rockford International Airport to handle some of the disrupted traffic.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports

Geographically, he says it makes sense.

“Many of the passengers are coming from McHenry County, DeKalb County, Boone County, Winnebago County, and for them, it is much easier and quicker just to come over to Rockford,” he said.

Syverson favors expansions and renovations at both O’Hare and Rockford, instead of building a brand new airport in Peotone.

He says investing in Rockford would prevent funds from going out of state to Gary or Milwaukee.


    Then give Mr Syverson the bill for the transportation and time lost charges.If people from said counties wanted fly into Rockford they would have made those arrangments!!!!

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  • Ted

    I msy make sense to schedule some flights to places where there are seceral filights a day. People in the NW counties do take advantage of Rockford but only if there are available flights. It is a lot less crowded compared to ORD.

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