Peotone won't play

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The FAA showed some real smarts by once again coshing the bone-headed plan to build a third Chicago-area airport in Peotone, Ill.

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.

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