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Lewis University Airport gets $4.2M runway upgrade

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Lewis University Airport, which is located south of Chicago, is moving into the final phase of a $4.2 million runway upgrade.

The work will help accommodate larger aircraft and future growth at the airport in Romeoville, which serves corporate planes used by Fortune 500 companies in the area. It also hosts Lewis University's aviation department, making it the only college aviation program in Illinois with access to an on-campus airport.

Local officials tout the airport as an economic engine.

Will County Executive Larry Walsh said Wednesday the airport "is one of the top selling points for attracting jobs" to the area.

The runway work began this spring.

It was made possible by legislation that U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski helped write and pass. Federal grants will cover most of the cost.

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