2019 Letters to the editor stock

The Peotone/South Suburban Airport is a terrible idea! It has always been politically driven and not market or transportation driven. Ask the airlines.

Recently, a group of politicians asked Gov. Pritzker to pour another $150 million into this bottomless pork-barrel project. Endorsing the highly polluting aviation industry would go against Pritzker’s pledge to put Illinois on the pathway to 100% renewable energy by midcentury.

If this so-called public/private project is built, it will cost taxpayers many hundreds of millions of dollars in free land and tax incentives to developers, plus the immense cost of upgrading surrounding infrastructure. And when the project fails, the taxpayers will be left holding the bag. The failed Mid-America Airport in downstate Illinois is a good example of what happens when the Illinois Department of Transportation and short-sighted, deluded politicians insist on projects that are not market driven.

Chicago/Gary International Airport is already built and operating.

George Ochsenfeld, Crete



Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.