The DuPage Airport west of Chicago has grown from "a little country airport" to the busiest general aviation facility in the state, and along with the growth has come some $2 million in security upgrades. County property taxes have paid for such improvements as an 8-foot-tall perimeter fence and electronic access controls, but airport officials say their goal is to make the airport self-supporting. "The idea is to create an airport that can be a catalyst for drawing corporations that bring employment and bring economic development to our county," says Gerald Gorski of the airport authority.

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