Gov. Jim Edgar last week unveiled a five-year plan for airports in the state that includes proposed new general obligation bonding authority of $130 million and $500,000 for planning and environmental studies for a new Chicago airport.
Mike McCue, chief of the aviation section's office of planning and programming at the Illinois Department of Transportation, said the governor is planning to ask the General Assembly to approve the new bond authorization during its current legislative session.
About $60 million of the bonds would be earmarked for the state's share of developing a civilian air passenger and freight facility at the Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, according to a press release from the governor's office.
The remainder would be used as the state's matching share to leverage over $540 million in federal airport funds over the next five years for airport projects.
Gov. Edgar also proposed an appropriation of $500,000 for fiscal 1993, which begins July 1, to fund the state's share of the master plan and environmental impact statement for a new $10.8 billions airport on Chicago's southeast side.
The Federal Aviation Administration will fund 90% of the planning cost. The planning process for the airport will take two to three years, says a press release.