The Bloomington Normal Airport Authority plans to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the planned shutdown of the air traffic control tower at the Central Illinois Regional Airport. Meeting in a special session this afternoon, authority board members cited a lack of environmental and safety studies in the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to halt payments for contracted flight controllers in the tower. Meanwhile, the authority says it will negotiate with the company providing controllers for services to continue. The federal government slashed funds for contracted flight control services at more than a hundred airports, including ones in Bloomington and Decatur, due to deep cuts from the sequester. Local federal elected officials say they'll fight the cuts.
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