Rock Falls, Dixon airports add $11M to economy


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Posted Online: Jan. 03, 2013, 9:22 am
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STERLING, Ill. (AP) State transportation officials say two airports in northwestern Illinois are pumping about $11 million a year into the local economy.

An Illinois Department of Transportation study found Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls and Dixon Municipal Airport each account for about $5.5 million in economic activity.

Whiteside County Administrator Joel Horn says the area gets a share of revenue from that airport's hangar rentals and fuel sales. Whiteside also generates revenue by renting space to businesses, leasing farm land and putting on special events.

Most of its commercial operations come from business jets, with the rest coming from cargo operations.

Airport Manager Mike Dowell tells The (Sterling) Daily Gazette the airport is 'a tremendous asset to the county.'

The IDOT study found the Dixon airport created 59 jobs.














 




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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
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