Thursday, May 4, 2017

Southern Illinois airport to see flights dropped if president's proposed budget passes - Rachael Krause, WPSD

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget seeks to cut the Department of Transportation’s budget by 13 percent, eliminating the Essential Air Service Program, Amtrak’s long distance routes and the TIGER grant program. With flights many of you take to get to and from southern Illinois on the chopping block if the Essential Air Service Program is cut, airport leaders joined other transportation leaders in a meeting with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois Friday morning in hopes of keeping those cuts from shutting services down. Southern Illinois University student Dakota Lindsay spoke with me while he was getting ready for his flights home to Colorado Friday afternoon. "So, it's tons of flights, but hopefully we'll get home sometime tonight," Lindsay said. It’s his first time flying out of Marion, but he said it’s a much more convenient way to get to St. Louis than driving.

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