Federal money is on its way to western Illinois to help fund improvements at Quincy Regional Airport.

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In a press release Thursday, Congressman Darin LaHood announced Baldwin Field is getting an $8-million dollar Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grant.

Officials say the money will be used to help reconstruct the airport’s runway and improve its safety.

"The Quincy Airport is a vital part of the transportation system and supply chain of west-central Illinois," said Rep. LaHood. "Improving the runway will allow the airport to focus on other aspects of their facility and expand their services. In Congress, I will continue to work to support local infrastructure projects that add jobs and stimulate our economy in Illinois."

“The City of Quincy and Quincy Regional Airport continue to marvel at the support of our friends in Congress. Their efforts in D.C. bring funds back into our community and region. These funds support critical infrastructure, create jobs, and induce much-needed economic impacts far beyond the airport for our community and region,” said Sandy Shore, Airport Director at Quincy Regional Airport.

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