Abbott in talks with Quinn over airport expansion proposal

2013-10-02T19:00:00Z 2013-10-02T23:46:17Z Abbott in talks with Quinn over airport expansion proposalGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
October 02, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

LANSING | Village President Norm Abbott met with Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday in Chicago to discuss a possible runway expansion at the Lansing Municipal Airport, officials said.

Village Trustee Mikal Stole, who presided over the Village Board meeting in Abbott's absence, said Abbott was working to advance the village’s agenda before the Illinois General Assembly.

“Touting our legislative agenda takes priority over being at a board meeting,” Stole said.

Village Administrator J. Wynsma said Abbott specifically was discussing issues related to the Lansing Municipal Airport, which in recent years has considered a runway expansion that would allow for larger jets to use the airport.

The project has received tentative approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, but Wynsma said there is some support that must come from the Illinois Department of Transportation for the project to advance.

“We want to make sure the state understands how important the expansion of the airport is,” Wynsma said.

The meeting between Abbott and Quinn occurred in Chicago, although Wynsma said it should not be taken as a slight that the governor did not come to Lansing for the session.

“This governor is in Lansing quite a bit,” Wynsma said. “He has flown (the state airplane) into our airport on several occasions.”

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