Quad Cities to continue operating Rock Island Arsenal after bill signed into law

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

SPRINGFIELD – Employees of the Rock Island Arsenal have cause to celebrate after the 2015 Budget Implementation bill was signed into law on Saturday. Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline) was among those in attendance and was a strong supporter of the measure as it passed through the General Assembly.

The I-FLY program is a state grant program that was created to ensure that provide reliable air service to airports outside of the Cook County area. Under the new provisions airports are able to receive $1.5 million for 3 year grants. Additionally, United Airlines has signed on to provide daily non-stop service from Quad City International Airport in Moline to Dulles International in Washington D.C.

“It’s a great day when we can all work together to ensure that Illinois jobs remain open and available,” Jacobs said. “Under the new law, residents in my district no longer have to worry that the Arsenal might be shut down and how they may put the next meal on the table.”

6,700 people are currently employed at the Rock Island Arsenal. The I-FLY program previously allowed for $1 million dollar grants over a 2 year period. United Airlines offer for non-stop service will include daily travel on a 50 seat plane. Their offer requires a maximum $1.5 million subsidy for a 3 year period.

The legislation was signed into law Saturday at Quad City International Airport in Moline.