Ray LaHood International Terminal to be dedicated April 12
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary and Congressman Ray LaHood will be honored April 12 at the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport. The airport's new international terminal will be named in his honor.
Current Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will be guest speakers at a private dedication event hosted by two local charities that the LaHood family supports.
The $11 million new terminal features a full-service Customs and Border Protection facility, as well as two new dual-purpose gates for domestic or international travel. The 22,000-square-foot, two-story terminal will be financed through current passenger facility fees.
After the official opening, the terminal will be used for overflow domestic travel during a pavement rehabilitation project at the main terminal.
"Secretary LaHood has done so much for central Illinois. He has been an earnest and humble public servant for more than a quarter of a century. It is our honor to recognize his career in public service by putting his name on this public building, a building with ties not only to his hometown, but also his prestigious appointment as a U.S. Secretary of Transportation," said Karen Jensen, chairwoman of the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria.