STATE OF ILLINOIS
WHEREAS, general aviation and community airports play an important role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our businesses and farms; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Illinois has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions, aviation organizations, community airports and airport operators; and,
WHEREAS, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics, there are 98 public-use general aviation airports in Illinois, supporting more than 14,000 general aviation pilots and more than 5,600 aircraft; and,
WHEREAS, according to Federal Aviation Administration data, Illinois is home to 96 repair stations, 13 FAA-approved pilot schools, 3,354 flight instructors and 3,119 student pilots; and
WHEREAS, many communities in Illinois support general aviation and community airports for the continued flow of commerce, aviation education, and travel for tourists and visitors to our state;
THEREFORE, I, Bruce Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim the month of June 2016, as GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH in Illinois and encourage all citizens to join in its observance.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Illinois to be affixed.
Done at the Capitol in the City of Springfield,
this twenty-sixth day of May in
the Year of Our Lord, two thousand and sixteen
and of the State of Illinois
one hundred and ninety-eighth.