Central Illinois Regional Airport officials say they are happy with Congressional Action to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to restore funds to keep control towers open. The Senate passed a measure allowing some dedicated funding to be reallocated to keep the towers operating. The agency had said it did not have authority to do that before and would have to reduce staffing at some towers including the one in Bloomington as part of the federal sequester cuts to the current budget year. The Bloomington Normal Airport Authority says it is cautiously optimistic the legislation is a first step toward solving the crisis. The authority had sued the FAA saying it did not follow its own rules or the law in deciding which airport towers to close.
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