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Jackson Cites Peotone Airport as Key Divider in Election

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. gave his opinion what the long-talked-about airport site in Peotone means for March 20.

As the March 20 primary election draws near, there are certain topics that will unequivically divide candadates.

In a letter to the editor from U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the congressman draws a clear line for voters, separating his Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission from Will County's own airport plan, referring to it as a referendum.

See what Jackson wrote about ALNAC, Will County and his opponent Debbie Halvorson:

The central irreconcilable difference between the Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission (ALNAC) plan and the Will County airport "plan" appears to be what triggers future airport expansion and when. 

Under the ALNAC plan, the commission and the developers (who have committed $700 million of their money to this project) will predetermine when airport expansion occurs by setting automatic triggers based on cargo and passenger demands.  In short, when the airport business needs to grow, it can. 

The proposed Will County governance plan (as recently outlined by Will County Board Chairman Jim Moustis) says the airport could expand when, and only when, Will County officials decide so. 

From a private developers' perspective, the two approaches couldn't be farther apart. One they can live with: ALNAC's. One they cannot: Will County's. 

Indeed, no private company will invest in a long-term project if future growth can be stymied by the latest election results. 

The ALNAC plan foresees future expansion, which is vital in order to attract private money.  ALNAC developers—among the world's most successful airport builders—have made it clear that they won't invest money in the governance structure being pushed by Will County. The developers prefer a broad-based regional governing body that represents the interests of all impacted communities, which ALNAC does. 

The March 20 election will be a referendum on airport governance.  It is ALNAC and its fully-funded plan backed by Congressman Jackson versus Will County—with no funding, no plans, and no commission—backed by Debbie Halvorson. 

Only ALNAC's plan can guarantee job growth now and for future generations, which also explains why only ALNAC has been able to attract private dollars.

— Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Mr. Jackson serves the  and - Patch areas.

nick January 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Je$$ie Jack$on Jr and the Chicago crooks want to control a new airport that the airlines don't even want.
Michael ... "A New Voter in the 2nd District" February 08, 2012 at 03:17 PM
The Chicago Tribune has written that, Congressman Jackson Jr. "says ticket purchase for Girlfriend was not an ethics violation" ... I am wondering if the Congressman's "Friendly Skies" may yet have a "rough landing" ... This isn't the reason for the Congressman's attraction to ALNAC is it ???
nick February 10, 2012 at 03:26 AM
The Fed's and the IRS should investigate the whole Jack$on family. Before JJ jr was a congressman he was a lobbyist in DC making under $40k a year. But somehow he managed to own a condo in DC, a large home in Chicago and 5 BMW's. Read about some of the Jack$on family scams here: Shakedown Exposing the Real Jessie Jackson, by Kenneth R. Timmerman http://www.kentimmerman.com/shakedown.htm
Richard Reynolds February 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I'm grateful that Jim Moustis and the Will County Board, care enough to effectively block the entrenched, Chicago Democratic machine. We don't need, nor do we want a third, major Chicagoland airport here. But Jackson and his rank minions are determined to ram it down our throats anyway. So WE CITIZENS of WILL County are more determined than ever to be whom decides what the terms will be. Even Halvorson understands that! It's also my considered opinion that more than any other issue, this is the one that Chicago Democrats are attempting to win with their pernicious, redistricting map that was drawn here. So this fight yet continues. Will County is largely Republican, I'm proud to say, and outside Democrats would do well to remember how the name of our county is spelled; WILL !
John J. February 11, 2012 at 07:27 PM
If a new airports to be built, it should be built through private enterprise not big government corruption. Let local investors, decide if it is needed or not.

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