- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - The Rockford City Council has amended an agreement with Chicago Rockford International Airport so local funding can be released to continue work on a $41 million jet-repair hub.

The airport originally had to receive $25 million in state and federal money before it could receive $16 million in local money. The Rockford Register Star reports (https://bit.ly/1NoLJGW ) that the council’s action Monday eliminates that requirement. So far state and federal funding only has totaled $4.1 million.

The state has said it won’t release any more of its $15 million until the federal government releases its $10 million. The council action lets construction continue through early next year.

The hangar is expected to employ 500 or more people, some local community college students, when it is scheduled to open next year.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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