Emanuel Cool To Reviving South Suburban Airport Project

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Gov. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Emanuel are quarreling a bit over long-discussed idea of building a third regional airport near Peotone.South Suburban lawmakers and other officials recently said they’d like to see plans move forward for a possible South Suburban Airport. At an unrelated event, Pritzker gave a favorable answer on the airport question as Mayor Emanuel sidled up and bumped him from behind.

Emanuel said that while Pritzker is concerned with the whole state, he must worry about Chicago’s future. He says O’Hare is already adding an entire airport's worth of capacity with its modernization program. Midway will be getting some work, too, he said.Congresswoman Robin Kelly is spearheading the latest efforts to revive plans for a third regional airport near Peotone. She wants $150 million for roads around what would be the site, and Pritzker isn’t saying “no.”