Welcome to the Rochelle Municipal Airport

The Rochelle Municipal Airport, also known as Koritz Field is a critical element of the area’s transportation infrastructure and a valuable asset for economic growth in and around the Rochelle area. Our mission at the Greater Rochelle Municipal Airport is to provide airport services that meet customer needs and have the flexibility to adapt to growth and stimulate the development of Rochelle, South Central Ogle County and North Central Lee County.

History

In the mid 1940′s business man LaVerne Schultz created a grass runway near his factory on Highway 251 south first known as Shultz Field. In 1963 Mr. Schultz donated 27 acres of land to the City of Rochelle in this same location and construction began on a 2100′ hard surface runway. In 1988 the runway was lengthened and widened to the current 4226′ x 75′ runway. The airport’s name was changed to Koritz Field after Major Thomas Koritz of Rochelle. Major Koritz began his career on March 1, 1969 while learning to fly here at Rochelle. Thomas went on to become a flight surgeon and fighter pilot until his F15 was shot down over Basra, Iraq on January 17, 1991 during the Persian Gulf War. Out of respect for Major Koritz the City changed the name of the Greater Rochelle Municipal Airport to Koritz Field.

Site updated 6-19-2014