Monday, April 16, 2012

Pro, Anti-Peotone Airport forces plan separate events

Residents of eastern Will County are planning a celebration of their rural life, agriculture, and Mother Earth on the day before the designated Earth Day, on April 21.

It will be at the site of the proposed Peotone Airport. Their celebration will include a 'stop the airport rally' and a parade.

Coincidentally, that just so happens to be the same day that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is planning what local residents deem a "fake groundbreaking," on the site of what Jackson hopes will one day be the Abraham Lincoln National Airport.

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U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
While Jackson hopes, the residents plan to rally around the realty that eastern Will County is farm country. It has been rural in character since Illinois was settled. Their hopes are that the land which has sustained them for many generations will remain rural.

In addition, the folks in eastern Will County didn't cotton well to Jackson's recent comment that there was nothing in eastern Will County but tumbleweed. It is their hope Jackson will notice that they are not tumbleweed.

Joining Jackson, will be his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, some south suburban clergy, who have virtually no ties to eastern Will County, as well as other airport boosters who want to "occupy" Peotone.

"The Jackson entourage wants to 'pray for the destruction of our homes, communities, and farmland to make way for an unneeded airport,'" say the folks who already "occupy" Peotone.

While Jackson's purpose for his "ceremonial groundbreaking" for an airport that remains unapproved by the Federal Aviation Administration and has not been proven necessary by that agency, is trying to pressure Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to turn over state-owned land to Jackson's self-created airport authority, ALNAC, (Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission).

The residents hope to convince Quinn that Illinois citizens want to protect farmland and rural communities.

"We are opposed to wasting precious taxpayer dollars on this boondoggle when the State of Illinois is $131 billion in debt!"