Peotone Airport is another step closer to landing airplanes. Today, Gov. Quin signed a law allowing for the south suburban airport to be built. The FAA still has to approve specifics.
The area’s third airport is supposed to create some 25,000 jobs during construction and once fully operating. It’s the governor’s main reason for pushing for the project. Senate Bill 20 foots the $71 million needed to buy the rest of the land to at least get the inaugural footprint of Peotone built. While larger airlines like United and American are not interested in leaving O’Hare, cargo planes instead of private planes could soon fill the south suburban skies.
Peotone has been controversial and greatly debated for decades. The creation of the airport could put area farmers out of business.
Judy Oglala is the Vice President of STAND, Shut the Airport Nightmare Down. She and her farming husband will lose all they have if the FAA approves the project.
Farming is a legitimate job, too, she says. She thinks Peotone is more about politics during election time than it is about airports and creating real jobs in IL.
No word yet on when the FAA will make it’s decision.