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Tribune editorial: Time to build Peotone Airport or walk away

State leaders are talking again about that little town 44 miles south of Chicago. Peotone. Followed by “airport.”

Peotone has been the designated site for a new regional airport for more than 20 years. On paper. Not a single spade of dirt has turned.

The state has spent more than $85 million since 2001 to buy land for the airport, including the $34 million purchase in June of Bult Field, a small, private airfield in Monee that’s near the Peotone footprint. That spending doesn’t include the piles of consultants, legal fees and other resources devoted to the project dating back to 1992, when Gov. Jim Edgar got behind the location.

We’ve long supported the construction of a third major airport in the Chicago area through private investment…Please click here to read more.

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