Wheeling Airport to Get $5.3M Upgrade

The construction project at the Chicago Executive Airport will make it safer for planes that overrun the runway.

Visitors line up to go through a WWII bomber at Chicago Executive Airport last summer. Courtesy of  Rich Rostron
Visitors line up to go through a WWII bomber at Chicago Executive Airport last summer. Courtesy of Rich Rostron
The following press release is from Gov. Pat Quinn's office:

WHEELING – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $5.3 million capital investment for a construction project at the Chicago Executive, or Palwaukee, Airport in Wheeling. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward. The contract was awarded following a competitive bidding process and addresses a critical infrastructure need while creating construction jobs.

“Investments in airports like this one in Wheeling make them safer and more efficient,” Governor Quinn said. “The project will also employ a number of construction workers, which will drive local economy forward.”

The project will involve the installation of an Engineered Material Arresting System, a large area of specially engineered crushable concrete at the end of a runway that can slow or stop an aircraft that overruns the runway. Curran Contracting Company of Crystal Lake will perform the work on their bid of $5,364,507. Construction should begin in May. The Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics will manage the project, which includes federal, state and local funding.

“I’m happy to see the state invest in Chicagoland’s third busiest airport,” State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) said. “A small suburban airport like Palwaukee provides local employers a convenient means of transportation, helping them attract top talent and do business all over the country.”

“Investments in key economic cores like the Chicago Executive Airport are critical to keeping people at work and ensuring that our region continues to move forward,” State Representative Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) said. “This project will serve as a boon to the local economy while guaranteeing the airport’s vital role as a state-of-the-art hub for transportation and commerce.”

The state funds for the project come from Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which supports more than 439,000 jobs over six years. It is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.

McCloud February 15, 2014 at 03:57 PM
France has a top income tax rate of 75%, according to The Economist. Germany a bit lower. The point is that we don't need to move air from here to St Louis in bullet train fashion because Bernard adores the Europeans. Perhaps if the false job data would stop and Obamacare gets repealed we'd have a chance to reduce the now record number of people on welfare, food stamps, unemployment and disability.
Walter White February 15, 2014 at 04:02 PM
7.5 million jobs and 10 million people with healthcare. Why don't you go out and do something instead of complaining about non issues.
Walter White February 15, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Boo hoo things aren't working out for me and it's Obama's fault. Grow up.
Walter White February 15, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Cue pithy insult from McCloud because he has nothing better to say.
McCloud February 15, 2014 at 04:28 PM
11 million workers left the market and no longer count, as they collect welfare, food stamps and now free healthcare. Overall, there are more people not insured than before Obamacare. These are non issues since Fox reported them. Choose one, surprise your friends, which one is not true?
Walter White February 15, 2014 at 04:38 PM
My issue is not with the damage caused by the Bush administration. That is well documented. We can only start to fix the problem. 7.5 million jobs since 2010 and 10 million ACA signups in the first 6 months will begin to correct the problem, but you're right the damage was extreme.
Walter White February 15, 2014 at 04:44 PM
And those 11 million who left the market? That's on them. I'd love to see fewer people on welfare too. Get people elected who will change it. Right now neither party has the stomach for that.
McCloud February 15, 2014 at 04:44 PM
What is well documented is the 10 million ACA signups is not true, that a majority of them were folks who lost their insurance due to the pimped up plans as the only choice. My educated guess is that most of the signups are people who are sick and have doctor bills to pay. See, there is no reason to signup if you are healthy, one just needs to wait until they are sick. Let the taxpayer bail this one out the same way Obama nudged Bush's arm to sign the first bailout.
Walter White February 15, 2014 at 04:47 PM
Your educated guess...LOL. Poor W. Had President Cheney left the White House at that point and wasn't available to tell him what to do?
McCloud February 15, 2014 at 04:55 PM
It is called adverse selection, an insurance pool where the attracted majority are unhealthy and have expenses that the pool will have to pay. Added to that mess is the fact that a large percentage of participants are not paying into it, as they receive taxpayer funded subsidies. Eventually this pool will incur expenses that exceed revenues, which under the ACA will mean the taxpayer relief. This stuff is not hard to figure out, just turn off Big Ed now and then and use your brain.
McCloud February 15, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Pushing back the mandates compounds the problem. I'm sure there are actuaries not welcome in the oval office. This whole thing was designed to fail, just not at the rate it is now. See, they lied about the get to keep your own doc and premium reduction thing, and when this fails they will pivot towards their ultimate goal, public ownership of the insurance companies. Feel deceived?
Walter White February 15, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Yes and where is the data that this is happening? Or is this just more Big Sean talking points to cast doubt on a successful system created by the other party?
McCloud February 15, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Don't care for Big Sean, don't have data either. Just alot of working experience dealing with these types of things. These pools used to be called Multiple Employer Trusts, popular in the 1980s. Companies stopped writing them, since they all blew up from adverse selection. ACA is worse, at least the METs could exclude pre-ex.
Walter White February 15, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Yes, conspiracy theories abound!
Walter White February 15, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Oh, good then you do have a job. I was getting worried there.
McCloud February 15, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Why do you think they pushed back the mandate? Cause there are several more million folks who will lose their employer sponsored plans when the next step of this virus explodes. Conspiracy theory? My a$$.
McCloud February 15, 2014 at 05:20 PM
See, when they wrote this mess, keep in mind these things were designed for folks to lose their coverage, so the Obama pool fills up. When the President was caught lying about it 47 times in tape, he eventually had to "own up", but lied that he never lied about it. It is designed to do this, not happenstance.
Walter White February 15, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Again, based on your educated guess, not facts.
McCloud February 15, 2014 at 06:49 PM
what part of written in the law to discontinue millions covered, to not have coverage, while saying all can keep if they like is not a fact but my educated guess?
McCloud February 15, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Take a page from Barry, blame Fox again. Cheney is just too dated.
Walter White February 15, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Take a page from FOX and blame Barry for something that happened before he took office.
McCloud February 16, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Happy birthday stimulus bill, my you've grown. 2 trillion and more now that interest rates are coming up a bit. Where were those dog gone obstructionists when they passed this pig.
McCloud February 16, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Maybe you can grow up to be the war on poverty, just 18 trillion more to go.
McCloud February 16, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Hey Brad, you should have shuffled your LEARN bill into the stimulus, that way Congress would not have to vote on your piece of sh!t.
McCloud February 16, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Next time a bill is passed, better find out if the President will enforce all, any or part of it. Check with his phone cause he's got a pen.
Walter White February 16, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Wow you must really be having a rough go. After 2 devastating Bush presidencies let's hope the country doesn't get snookered into a 3rd.
McCloud February 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Bush card again? You know when you win the point when Bush cards are thrown, good play. And you still have a Cheney to spare.
Walter White February 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Yes it's kinda like blaming Truman for WWII. Why are you playing the Japanese card? That's past history!!
McCloud February 17, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Must be getting near election time, I saw D Durbin with his token veteran the other day. Never can be too safe in time when you call them murderous nazis. Go Dick.
Walter White February 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Mission accomplished!!


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