Note: After Governor Quinn's visit to Bult Field, I received this letter to the editor from George Ochsenfeld, President of STAND.
"Letter to Editor,
Governor Pat Quinn is once again spending taxpayer money in an effort to buy votes for reelection. Using an old ploy, he is claiming that an airport near Peotone will bring economic development to Chicago’s south suburbs. To make this illusion look real, Quinn authorized the State of Illinois to spend $47 million during the last year to buy land for the South Suburban Airport, even though the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not given final approval to the project, there is no funding, no support from airlines, and no adequate surrounding infrastructure.
Governor Quinn went to the Peotone area recently [August 7] to tout the states’ recent $34 million purchase of Bult Field, a small private airport within the proposed South Suburban Airport site, as a step toward jobs. Such shenanigans are a cruel hoax on south suburbanites, destructive to the Peotone farming community, and a misuse of taxpayer money for Quinn’s political gain. Especially tragic, the State is using eminent domain to forcefully take farms and homes.
Since the State does not pay property tax, the purchase of Bult Field and other recent acquisition, reduces revenue to the township and to local school, library, and fire districts. The tiny Beecher school district will lose $92,000 annually. Local taxpayers will have to make up the difference.
Governor Quinn’s administration is currently under federal investigation for a $54 million ‘anti-violence program,’ in which money was doled out in heavily Democratic areas during his 2010 reelection campaign. Will Quinn be the third Illinois Governor in a row to go to prison?
George Ochsenfeld, Monee, Illinois
President of STAND (Shut This Airport Nightmare Down)"