The chances of a third airport being built in the south suburbs increased exponentially on Friday as the Illinois House and Senate passed Senate Bill 20 (SB 20), which among other matters, approves the construction of a third airport under the authority of the Illinois Department of Transportation. Rich Miller's Capitol Fax reported Friday that House Amendment 2 attached to SB 20 also approves McCormick Place expansion, Rosemont convention incentives, a Downstate fertilizer plant, a south suburban brownfields redevelopment plan and "who knows what the heck else."
Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) released the following statement in reaction to the Illinois General Assembly's approval of legislation that authorizes the construction of a third airport in the 2nd Congressional District. The Congresswoman is a longtime supporter of the airport proposal.
Rep. Kelly said that "This is a game-changer for Illinois. I applaud the Governor and General Assembly for breaking the logjam over governance. I’m hopeful that construction of this airport will expand our state’s aviation capacity and make the Southland a vital part of the global economy.” Kelly added that she "looks forward to working closely with IDOT and local officials to ensure we minimize environmental impacts and maximize economic benefits.”
Governor Pat Quinn was also pleased about the Public-Private Partnership agreement that will drive the development of a major airport in Will County. This key agreement delivers on Governor Quinn’s commitment to develop a third major Chicago area airport in the south suburbs.
Governor Quinn said that the third airport is "coming to the South Suburbs. This agreement is a major step forward to develop the South Suburban Airport, which will ensure Illinois’ place as the transportation hub of the nation."
Governor Quinn said that “The airport will create about 11,000 construction jobs, as many as 14,000 permanent jobs, and have a major economic impact for this growing region of Will, Kankakee and south Cook Counties. Since I became governor, I have worked to make the South Suburban Airport a reality and I thank the members of the Illinois General Assembly for sending this bill to my desk.”
State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) and state Rep. Will Davis (D-Hazel Crest) were two of the bill's co-sponsors and according to Phil Kadner of the Southtown Star, played key roles in forming the coalition behind the bill.
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