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After weeks of uncertainty, administrators, pilots and businesses connected with Waukegan Regional Airport can exhale, for now.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday the Federal Aviation Administration will continue funding to keep the contract control towers open at Waukegan and 148 other small airports.
The towers were slated to lose funding June 15 as part of the so-called sequester budget cuts. Now revenues are guaranteed through the end of the federal fiscal year Sept. 30.
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) praised the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to fund Waukegan Regional Airport’s contract tower, allowing the airport to uphold its high safety standards for its 50,000 annual flights. Schneider has been vocal in his support for keeping Waukegan’s contract tower open, signing a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urging him to keep open this and the 148 other towers tapped for closure nationwide.
Since taking office in January, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) has visited six schools in the 10th Congressional District and met with students in other places including his offices in Washington and Lincolnshire.
When asked by students at Learn Charter School at Great Lakes May 3 about educational opportunities, Schneider was quick to point out students from the District attend nearly half of the state’s top 20 high schools.
Democrat Brad Schneider and Tea Party star Michele Bachmann are light years apart politically but the two found common ground on the issue of funding for air traffic control towers.
The Deerfield Democrat and Minnesota Republican were among 83 congressional representatives who wrote Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking the government to snap out of its indecision about the fate of 149 control towers at smaller airports, including Waukegan Regional Airport.
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider signed a letter urging U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to use the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new funding flexibility to keep open Waukegan Regional Airport’s control tower and the 148 other contract towers scheduled for closure.
In April, Congress passed legislation to provide the Department of Transportation with more flexibility to redirect millions of dollars in order to avoid air traffic controller layoffs.
Senator Mark Kirk struggled physically during his first venture out in public Friday visiting a charter school in North Chicago and he doesn’t speak as clearly as before, but he declared he has made progress thanks to rehabilitation.
Kirk, along with Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider visited the LEARN public charter school in North Chicago Friday, May 3, and all lamented the fact that the sequestration is cutting indiscriminately and they also said the charter school was important for keeping Naval Station Great Lakes open.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield) made their first joint public appearance in Illinois since Kirk returned full time duty in the Senate in January at a Great Lakes charter school they helped create which is now being hurt by the Sequester.
When Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) led a mission of 25 people to Israel last week for the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF), the group expected to get a special look at the country others do not often see.
What none of them expected was to observe was a battle in the Syrian civil war but that is exactly what happened when the group visited an Israeli observation point atop Mt. Hermon on the Golan Heights only 25 miles from Damascus.
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider led a group of 18 members of the Chicago Jewish community, including several JUF Board members, on a JUF mission to Israel this week. The 10th District congressman said Tuesday that the group arrived at a time when there is “concern about what is going on in the neighborhood”—Syria, Egypt, Iran—as well as a strong belief in the future.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10th) recently spoke with the Journal & Topics Newspapers on his first 100 days in office.
The newly drawn 10th District includes parts of Arlington Hts., Buffalo Grove, Glenview, Des Plaines, Prospect Hts., Wheeling, Morton Grove and a small sliver of Niles.
Schneider was appointed to the House Small Business and Foreign Affairs committees.
“Gridlock (in Congress) was the reason I ran,” Schneider said. “This freshman class is different.”