ROCKFORD - If it weren't for
former Congressman Donald Manzullo,
believed that improving this airport is one of the keys to core economic development
representative was helpful in the reintroduction of passenger air service to
"Since then we've
had thousands and thousands of international passengers arrive
Dunn mentioned the throngs of people, sometimes famous - like the Ryder Cup players or even Oprah Winfrey, that have flown in and out of the airport's international gate. Immortalizing the man that made it happen, for Dunn seemed to be a no-brainer.
"We thought, you know, this was his building, he's the guy that brought this building to us," said Dunn. "So why not do that for him."
Manzullo and Dunn
have a long history working together.
Having represented the Stateline for 20 years, Manzullo has a long
"Congresswoman Bustos has been here repeatedly, many times and has made it very clear to us that anything we need she will be there to help with," said Dunn.
development was Manzullo's aim with investment in
Being honored at
the airport on Tuesday night was "pretty humbling" for the former
congressman. Manzullo will be even more
humbled when the international gate named after him may hold flights for three
new destinations says Dunn. The
potential international flights won't come to