Group Fighting For Peotone Airport Denied Access To Gov. Quinn

CHICAGO (CBS) — A band of ministers promises to return in larger numbers Monday so Gov. Pat Quinn will be sure to hear their plea for work to begin as soon as possible on a third airport in Peotone.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, the Rev. James Hunt, pastor of the New Hope Christian Community Church in Monee, led the group of a dozen ministers and community activists planning a sit-in or a meeting with Quinn about airport construction.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

They believe the project will create 15,000 jobs.

Hunt says as a pastor, it is his job to make sure his flock is secure, and Peotone airport construction jobs would do just that.

“We want to make sure that our people are being taken care of; that we have the opportunity to thrive just as any other community does,” he said.

But the group didn’t get in to see the governor, or even his office, on Wednesday. They were stopped on the first floor of the James R. Thompson Center by building security which barred them from elevators to the governor’s office because they did not have an appointment.

Bishop Tavis Grant, of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, said he believes that security guards are being used to stifle speech which politicians don’t want to hear.

“They’re using security as a buffer and a firewall to public discourse,” Grant said. “This is the people’s building. This is the state building. This is the taxpayers’ building, and the fact that we can’t get upstairs to talk to a duly elected official – the head, the chief executive officer of the State of Illinois –is asinine.”

Rev. Hunt says he believes O’Hare area interests are lobbying against a third airport lest it reduce income for O’Hare area businesses. He said he disagrees — asserting that a third airport would do nothing but increase jobs and businesses overall for Illinois.

Hunt says he believes Quinn could move the Peotone airport process along by just signing lease agreements already awaiting his signature.

Quinn has told WBBM Newsradio he supports construction of the third airport in Peotone.

  • Roberta Waker

    When will these people accept the fact that the Peotone Airport would not be feasible for people who would have to arrange transportation from Peotone to Chicago via a limo, bus, taxi, etc.? It might be ok for shipping and receiving, but as far as transporting people, it’s a bad idea. Yes, it MIGHT create jobs, but the extra time spent traveling to Chicago and the inconvenience just doesn’t justify this airport. As far as the article, the Governor works for US and we should NOT be denied access to him, IF we have an appointment.


    I’m sure that the Reverend Hunt and Bishop Grant are in cahoots with ALNAC and Jesse Jr.. I’d be willing to wager that if the 3rd airport in Peotone were to be built with a Will County led governance and not by Jesse’s ALNAC, these clergyman would have a major hissy fit. Because in all reality, this is about money in their pockets.

  • southside

    A Peotone airport is a gigantic waste of money we don’t have. I would hope that Jesse Jr. and these reverends would care about Illinois taxpayers enough to clam p and go away. The idea of a Peotone airport is so ludicrous that it is hard to believe that Quinn is ignoring these goofs.

  • CFLC

    Some democratic politician a long time ago must have promised the Reverends that Peotone would be their pot of gold. Dream on Revs.

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