Several air traffic towers in Illinois and Wisconsin will join the 149 around the country that are being shuttered by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Locally, the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville will lose its tower along with several others in the state. Several airports around Illinois will also be affected.
The air traffic towers will be closed, the airports will remain open and pilots will have to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves through a shared radio frequency. They will not receive any help from ground controllers.
Although the pilots are trained to handle that, some airport directors are concerned with safety. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement that the FAA will make sure all affected airports are safely operated.
The FAA says federal budget cuts are behind the closings.
In Illinois, the following airports will lose their towers:
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