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Head of struggling Ill. airport gets raise, bonus

MASCOUTAH (AP) — The director of a southwestern Illinois airport that has never turned a profit since opening with great fanfare 16 years ago has gotten a pay raise as well as a bonus of more than $13,000.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1jtH5qE ) Tim Cantwell oversees MidAmerica St. Louis Airport near Mascoutah. His earnings jumped nearly 5 percent last year to roughly $128,000.

The newspaper says Cantwell got his bonus in January for meeting unspecified goals.

St. Clair County owns the airport, and Cantwell oversees its 14 employees and manages a $5.5 million budget.

MidAmerica has struggled since opening in 1998, and critics persistently have labeled it a $330 million boondoggle.

A message left Wednesday for Cantwell by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.

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