It's a new year, but the old battle over a proposed third Chicagoland airport to be built in Peotone has started up again.
Will County Board President Jim Moustis (R-Frankfort) took a vocal stand at Thursday's board meeting, insisting the county needs to have control over the airport's operation, according to a report in TribLocal.
I am not going to sit here in silence. I’m not going to let this governor, or past governors … you will not dump on us. We will fight you all the way. If they’re going to force it here, it will be on our terms, not on somebody else’s. Gov. (Pat) Quinn, you will not treat us like somehow we’re second class citizens and we don’t exist. You don’t think you need us. You might find out different later.
Moustis and other county officials, including County Executive Larry Walsh, object to a proposal by U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) that would put the airport's governing in the hands of a special commission, the TribLocal report said.
A decision by Quinn on the airport could come as soon as next month, the report added.
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