Prior to a leave of absence that began June 9, U.S. Rep. Jesse
Jackson, Jr. (D-Chicago) was focused on the construction of a third
Chicago area airport in the south suburb of Peotone. So it was
interesting to see the Chicago Sun-Times report
Monday that a top Illinois Department of Transportation official said
the Peotone airport “is going to happen.” Was a longtime Jackson goal
finally realized with Jackson out?
The short answer is no. A
proposed Peotone airport must get FAA clearance on several matters, and
secure significantly more money. Plus, a standoff between Will County
and Jackson must be resolved.