The state of Illinois will invest $9 million in infrastructure improvements at 19 airports, including airports in Marion, Cairo and Sparta.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced the investment Wednesday. He says maintaining and improving the facilities is necessary to ensure the safety of airport workers and meet the needs of travelers.
Quinn says the project will generate hundreds of jobs. It is funded by $7.3 million from Illinois Jobs Now, a multibillion-dollar building initiative Quinn signed into law in 2009. Another $1.6 million will come from local funds.
Williamson County Airport is set to receive $813,930 dollars for capital improvement projects. Cairo will receive $162,000 dollars and Sparta will receive $270,000.
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