ew U.S. Customs & Border Protection Facility Being Built At Chicago Executive Airport

Groundbreaking ceremony November 19, 2020 for the construction of a new 3,400 square foot facility for U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Chicago Executive Airport. (Front Row): Airport Director Ray Lang, President Pat Horcher (Village of Wheeling), Mayor Nick Helmer (City of Prospect Heights), Airport Board Chairman Court Harris, Airport Director Scott Saewert. (Back Row): Airport Director William Kearns, Air-port Director Steve Berman, Airport Director James Kiefer, Airport Director Bill Hellyer, Airport Executive Director Jamie Abbott, and Airport Director of Econ Development George Sakas

Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021

PROSPECT HEIGHTS & WHEELING, ILL. – The Chicago Executive Airport (CEA) board of directors and staff held a groundbreaking ceremony November 19, 2020, for the construction of a new 3,400 square foot facility for U. S. Cus-toms and Border Protection (CBP). The $3 million building will serve as a modern, standalone facility for customs officers to clear incoming aircraft and passengers. Located at the south end of the airfield, the facility will be built on the former site of Hangar 4 which was demolished earlier this year. A new apron is planned for the airside and a new parking lot for the landside. The facility is scheduled to open late-summer 2021.

The construction of the facility demonstrates the airport’s ongoing investment in infrastructure which supports Chicago Executive’s almost $400 Million annual economic impact on the Village of Wheeling, the City of Prospect Heights, and the entire community.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the largest federal law enforcement agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is the country’s primary border control organization. CBP currently clears international passengers from Hangar 41.

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