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Will County should remain engaged in airport process

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 8:10 a.m. CDT

To the Editor,

At the end of the legislative session, Springfield lawmakers quickly and quietly passed Senate Bill 20, giving governance to the South Suburban Airport to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

This legislation runs contrary to the established positions of the Will County Board. Furthermore, the legislation was moved forward without the opportunity for a comprehensive review and discussion of its merits.

Nevertheless, I believe it is vitally important for Will County to remain fully engaged in the development process to ensure that it is transparent, responsible, and respectful of our county’s residents. If managed effectively, the airport can be an economic engine for Will County and the whole state of Illinois.

However, if the process is mismanaged, those of us that call this county home will suffer the most.

Therefore, the Board is moving forward with a full and thorough analysis of the bill and will schedule public meetings to reveal our findings and make recommendations.

We are hopeful the Governor, IDOT, and our elected officials will listen and strongly consider our concerns.

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