Each year, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) develops the Annual Proposed Airport Improvement Program. It is designed to provide an overview of the airport improvement program, as well as a current listing of all airport projects programmed for the next federal fiscal year in an effort to inform the general public and aid local transportation stakeholders and business partners in specific planning activities.
For Fiscal Year 2017, the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Proposed Airport Improvement Program includes projects at airports throughout the state to ensure continued safe and efficient operations at these facilities, as well as maximizing opportunities for economic development in Illinois. Justified and eligible projects are selected from the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) submittals and evaluated based on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) National Priority Rating (NPR) and need. The FAA provides the State of Illinois the preliminary federal programming levels annually for programming purposes. The Annual Proposed Airport Improvement Program does not reflect all known airport needs and deficiencies, but primarily those that have been identified by airport sponsors, the FAA, and IDOT, and found to be consistent with IDOT’s goals.
Limited resources require an airport project evaluation system that maximizes available funds while keeping consistent with national, state, and local community needs. In order to make the best use of the limited state and federal airport development funds, the Illinois Department of Transportation (Department) follows a FAA’s National Priority Rating (NPR) system that allows the Department to identify projects that meet present system needs. Current project priorities are:
Following these priorities, the Department is able to assist local communities in providing an environment that meets current state and/or federal safety standards, preserving the existing airport infrastructure, and encouraging economic growth by assisting airport sponsors with new development and expansion projects where a clear and demonstrated need exists.
The State of Illinois plays a critical role in the National Airspace System (NAS). Aviation serves as a global gateway, connecting Illinoisans to the world. The aviation industry is a major contributor to the Illinois economy, and last year alone, over 87.4 million commercial passengers flew to, or through, Illinois airports. Illinois airports saw over 2.5 million operations (takeoff or landing).
There are 77 airports in Illinois that are publicly owned, open to the public and eligible for public funding. All of these airports are owned and operated by local sponsors with the State of Illinois acting as a co-sponsor for funding purposes. These airports are eligible for federal funding and all of them, except Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) Airport and Chicago Midway International (MDW) Airport, are eligible for state airport improvement program funding.
In addition to the publicly owned airports, there are 38 privately owned airports which are open to the public, 548 restricted landing areas which are only open to people approved by the owner and 273 heliports which are used mainly by individuals, hospitals and corporations. None of these privately owned facilities are currently eligible for public funding.
Illinois’ public-use airports generate billions of dollars in total annual economic activity, resulting in hundreds of thousands of jobs that can be traced to the aviation industry. According to a recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) report, The Economic Impact of Civil Aviation on the U.S. Economy (2015), the total annual economic output from the Illinois aviation industry is $50.9 billion. Furthermore, the aviation industry in Illinois is responsible for over 366,000 jobs. The study also found that aviation accounts for more than 4.2 percent of Illinois’s GDP and nearly 5 percent of the State’s jobs . In addition to these economic benefits, airports in Illinois provide a number of health, welfare, and safety benefits. Services such as medical transport and evacuation, flight training, law enforcement flights, military exercises, and search-and-rescue operations all contribute directly to the quality of life of those who live and work in Illinois. Additionally, visitors who arrive on commercial airlines or on private aircraft also create economic activity through local spending at hotels, restaurants, retail stores and entertainment establishments. All of these actions contribute directly to creating additional jobs and greater local economic benefits.
Primary Airports are scheduled service airports enplaning at least 10,000 passengers in the previous calendar year as determined by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Bloomington-Normal (Central Illinois Regional)
Marion (Williamson County Regional)
Belleville (MidAmerica St. Louis/Scott AFB)
Moline (Quad City International)
Champaign (University of Illinois -Willard)
Peoria (Peoria International)
Chicago (O’Hare International)
Rockford (Chicago/Rockford International)
Chicago (Midway International)
Springfield (Abraham Lincoln Capital)
Reliever Airports have been designated to reduce the general aviation traffic at O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport in Chicago and at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Aurora (Aurora Municipal)
Romeoville (Lewis University)
Alton (St. Louis Regional)
Waukegan (Waukegan Regional)
Cahokia (St. Louis Downtown)
West Chicago (DuPage)
Lake in the Hills (Lake in the Hills)
Wheeling/Prospect Heights (Chicago Executive)
Lansing (Lansing Municipal)
General Aviation Airports
General Aviation Airports are publicly owned/public use airports in Illinois. General aviation aircraft include small jets and single and twin-engine propeller-driven aircraft that are used for business or recreational flying.
Beardstown (Greater Beardstown)
Havana (Havana Regional)
Pekin (Pekin Municipal)
Benton (Benton Municipal)
Jacksonville (Jacksonville Municipal)
Peoria (Mt. Hawley Auxiliary)
Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook’s Clow International)
Joliet (Joliet Regional)
Peru (Illinois Valley Regional)
Cairo (Cairo Regional)
Kankakee (Greater Kankakee)
Kewanee (Kewanee Municipal)
Pittsfield (Pittsfield Penstone Municipal)
Carbondale/Murphysboro (Southern Illinois)
Lacon (Marshall County)
Pontiac (Pontiac Municipal)
Carmi (Carmi Municipal)
Lawrenceville/Vincennes (Lawrenceville-Vincennes Intl)
Quincy (Quincy Regional)
Casey (Casey Municipal)
Lincoln (Logan County)
Rantoul (Rantoul National Aviation Center)
Centralia (Centralia Municipal)
Litchfield (Litchfield Municipal)
Robinson (Crawford County)
Danville (Vermilion County)
Macomb (Macomb Municipal)
Rochelle (Rochelle Municipal)
DeKalb (DeKalb Taylor Municipal)
Mattoon/Charleston (Coles County Memorial)
Metropolis (Metropolis Municipal)
Dixon (Dixon Municipal)
Monee (Bult Field)
Schaumburg (Schaumburg Regional)
Effingham (Effingham County)
Shelbyville (Shelby County)
Fairfield (Fairfield Municipal)
Morris (Morris Municipal)
Sparta (Sparta Community)
Flora (Flora Municipal)
Mt. Carmel (Mt. Carmel Municipal)
Sterling/Rock Falls (Whiteside County)
Mt. Sterling (Mt. Sterling Municipal)
Taylorville (Taylorville Municipal)
Galesburg (Galesburg Municipal)
Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon)
Vandalia (Vandalia Municipal)
Paris (Edgar County)
The Illinois Public Airport Location Map shows the location of all Primary, Reliever and General Avaiation Airports throughout the state. Click here to view the Illinois Public Airport Location Map
IDOT's Annual Proposed Airport Improvement Program includes projects at airports throughout the state to ensure continued safe and efficient operations at these facilities, as well as maximizing opportunities for economic development in Illinois.
The Airport Improvement Program Sponsor Letter provides a detailed breakdown of the anticipated funding for the programmed project and it also provides a “Notice to Proceed” for the programmed project.