West Chicago — On Thursday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited DuPage Airport in suburban West Chicago, where he met with airport and other local officials to discuss the importance of successful regional airports to local economies.

DuPage Airport, one of the busiest general aviation facilities in the country and home of numerous corporate flight departments, has recently won praise from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for using business principles to upgrade services, pay off all debts and cut the public subsidy by two thirds. The airport, which was losing $2 million a year, is now making $2 million a year in profit.

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