The FAA showed some real smarts by once again coshing the
bone-headed plan to build a third Chicago-area airport in Peotone,
The third-airport saga that has been going on for decades picked
up speed in the early '90s when threats to do away with Chicago's
"second" airport, Midway, loomed large. At that time, the preferred
site was a large patch of wetlands on Chicago's southern tip.
The location was close enough to Hyde Park, the city's
heavy-duty intellectual community adjacent to the University of
Chicago, to create a hue and cry so shrill and loud that the plan
was scuttled lickety-split.
The relentlessly militant Hyde Parkers' official beef, that the
proposed airport would destroy the wetlands' eco-system, masked
their real beef: Airplane noise might rattle the leaded window
panes in their Frank Lloyd Wright houses.
Thus was born the "green-grass site" plan to build the airport
in rural Peotone, 35 miles southwest of Chicago, a facility that
the airlines don't want, the people don't want, nobody knows how to
pay for and nobody would use. Thank you FAA.