Local Leaders Express Strong Support for South Suburban Airport

South Suburban Airport
Local leaders voice collective support for construction of the South Suburban Airport

Matteson, IL –(ENEWSPF)–June 12, 2017.  Congresswoman Robin Kelly, joined by 30 other elected leaders, wrote to Governor Bruce Rauner expressing their “collective support for construction of the South Suburban Airport” in Peotone. The leaders called the project “an incubator of innovation and generator of growth for our nation.”

“For decades, we’ve needed a new airport to reach our region’s fullest potential. A groundbreaking, that will create tens of thousands of jobs, is finally within reach,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “We need to be 100 percent clear with our partners that the political and business leaders of Cook, Will and Kankakee counties are committed to seeing that this airport is built and successful.”

In March, the Illinois Department of Transportation released a Request for Information (RFI) for the South Suburban Airport project. Multiple firms responded to the State’s RFI, setting the stage for rapid progress on this long overdue project.

It is estimated that this airport project will reduce congestion, add tens of thousands of jobs to Illinois’ economy and generate tens of millions in additional tax revenue for the State.

“What we know about the south suburban region is that it has suffered from a systemic pattern of disinvestment for decades.  We also know that our economy is changing at lightning speed, creating increased demand on our transportation infrastructure,” noted Illinois Senator Toi Hutchinson. “Supporting the construction and operation of the third airport accomplishes two very important goals: ensuring that our world class transportation network grows with our economy and giving our region the chance to participate in that growth through jobs, economic development and opportunity.”

Vivian Covington, Mayor of University Park added, “In addition to relieving congestion at Chicago’s two major airports, it offers a much-needed additional transportation option for mid and down-state residents. Perhaps most importantly, the airport also presents a unique and massive opportunity to revitalize the economy in the Southland region – a region that has for far too long been overlooked by the State.”

Source: http://robin.kelly,house.gov

  • Jean Scarth

    First of all when you misspelled the word lightning I can’t take you seriously. There is no e in it.

    Second it will not create tens of thousands of jobs. The infrastructure to support an airport is not here. Thus there is no infrastructure to support strip malls or hotels or restaurants or whatever the heck you think is going to spring up around the supposed Airport. We can barely get the snow plowed after a storm much less deal with that kind of traffic.

    Third every single airline has said they will not fly to this Airport. You find one carrier that says they will fly here and I will eat my words. It is also over 40 miles to Chicago where most people would be heading. I-57 shuts down occasionally in the winter. Route 50 is not equipped to handle that kind of traffic. Cab drivers have said they will not drive to and from this airport. It is at least an $80 fare. No one in their right mind would pay that. The closest transportation to Chicago is in University Park at the Metra Electric line. They are also not equipped to handle that sort of load.

    The airport at Gary Indiana is begging for us. They are just begging. It is actually closer to Chicago. The airport you also slavishly want would end up being a cargo airport at best. It would possibly create 20 or 30 permanent jobs. Look at the airport in East St.Louis where there has never been a single flight in or out. Ever.

    Please just let this airport thing die.. Do not wipe two or three towns off the face of the map for 20 or 30 jobs. Also once you pave over some of the most fertile Farmland in the world you can never get it back. Go find something else to create jobs. This is not the way.