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VOTE: Should Will County Have Control Over Possible Third Airport?

Will County Board President Jim Moustis took a hard stand Thursday, saying the county will fight to have control over a possible new airport in Peotone. Do you think that's a good idea?

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.

YOUR TURN! Do you think Will County should have full control over how a proposed third airport is run? Or should a special commission be in charge? Take our poll and tell us what you think in the comments section.

Tony February 28, 2012 at 05:32 PM
The only thing Jackson wants to do is keep his pockets full of money, he belongs in crook county with the rest of the crooks.
Tracy March 16, 2012 at 03:19 AM
This airport is not to be a passenger airport, but for freight, and no airlines support it, nor will come. Building it is pointless without airline support, and our state is broke, so are you saying Will County needs to flip the bill for it as well. Educate yourselves - http://www.nothirdairport.org/ Quinn needs to pay the public schools before even entertaining building an airport that airlines do not support.
Tracy March 16, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Do you know that if the Peotone airport were built it would be almost 3 and one-half times the size of O’Hare? Do you know that if the Peotone airport was built it would: Increase property taxes significantly in Will County? Residents of Peotone, Monee, University Park, Crete & Beecher will be subjected to increased taxes, noise, air and water pollution, congestion & crime. destroy over 1000 single-family homes? destroy 95 working farms consisting of 23,698 acres of prime & important farmland? close 7 general aviation fields & 18 businesses? cause Will Township to lose 59% of its revenue? cause a 10% to 25% loss of revenue for the Monee, Beecher & Peotone Fire Protection Districts?
Tracy March 16, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Tony, the biggest reason was always Daley, and his baby O'Hare - no airlines are going to pull out of O'Hare or Midway - nor can they expand to a third airport - airlines are losing money, cutting flights and filing banqruptcy left and right. Peotone is not for commuter flights, but freight - why Walmart and others set up warehouses in UP near the Monee truck stop. This discussion has been going on for at least 15 years or longer. It wont be like you can go to Monee and hop a flight to Vegas. You're talking semi truck traffic, warehouses, air and noise polution. Ryan was land banking like crazy in Monee and Peotone pre-jail - numerous homes were bought and bulldozed down, and the gov has just been sitting on that land - gee - what a waste of money. This airport is not worth supporting if airlines wont be.
Tracy March 16, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Lol - Stan, I am hoping this is sarcasm at it's finest lol.

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