QC airport authority mourns death of Jannes

East Moline’s Jim Jannes, who served on the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County (MAA) for nearly two decades, has died.

James C. “Jim” Jannes, 85, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at his East Moline home. Private funeral services will be held with burial at Riverside Cemetery, Moline, according to his obituary at www.vanhoe.com. A celebration of life service will be planned at a later date.  Information about his life and the opportunity to share condolences can be found at www.vanhoe.com.

Mr. Jannes, who was retired from NAVISTAR and later Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, was appointed in 2005 to represent the people of East Moline on the authority which manages the Quad Cities International Airport. During his long tenure, he served as chairman between 2012-2014 and most recently held the seat of treasurer. 

“Jim’s deep knowledge of the airport’s operations, particularly his financial expertise, have greatly contributed to the MAA’s past and current success,” Chairwoman Jodi Fisk said in a news release from the MAA. “He supported new board members by sharing his knowledge of the airport’s history, but also focused on what was best for the airport’s future. On a personal note, Jim’s warmth and friendship will be deeply missed.”

Mr. Jannes was one of eight appointed commissioners representing Moline, East Moline, Rock Island, Silvis, Milan, and Rock Island County. 

 “Jim was the type of community servant that always took pride in the boards and community services he took part in,” East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman said in the news release. “His dedicated services to the City of East Moline will be gratefully missed!”

Mr. Jannes was an engaged and enthusiastic commissioner who championed the airport. His presence and contributions to the organization will be sorely missed, the MAA said. It will  recognize Mr. Jannes’ service during the March 22 board of commissioners’ monthly meeting.

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