Retiring Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), who presided over the impeachment of President Clinton, will be the new Secretary of Transportation in President-elect Barack Obama’s Administration and the second Republican to sit in his Cabinet.
After 33 years at DuPage Airport in Chicago, FBO J.A. Air Center is in the midst of a move and major expansion that will bring the rejuvenated business to the fast-growing Chicagolands Aurora Municipal Airport on December 1.
The Chicago Park District board of directors has voted unanimously to proceed with demolition of Chicago Meigs Field. The board, all appointees of mayor Richard Daley, refused to defer the decision even a few weeks to allow the Friends of Meigs Field to present a plan that would reopen the airport as a combined park and airport.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) in mid-June endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president.
A fragile and intricate set of deals last month promise to keep Meigs Field (CGX) open until 2026, but the Illinois General Assembly could still reverse the terms with a simple majority vote anytime after Jan. 1, 2006. As part of the same round, Meigs supporter Illinois Gov.
A bill moving through Congress that would dramatically expand Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) would also protect tiny Meigs Field (CGX) for the next quarter century. But opposition to the proposal to add runways at O’Hare and build an entirely new airport at Peotone, Ill., could scuttle the deal.
The fate of Chicago’s Meigs Field (CGX), still in limbo because of Senate inaction last year, has not disappeared from the radar screen of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.). On January 7, the first day of the 108th Congress, he introduced legislation that would ensure the future of the downtown lakefront airport.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, a veteran of the bare-knuckle school of politics, is defiantly defending his destruction of Meigs Field last year despite threats from the FAA to fine the city $33,000 for closing the lakefront airport and another $4.5 million for illegally diverting revenues from O’Hare to pay for closing the downtown airport.
Raytheon Aircraft Services is expected to complete by June 15 the sale of its Rockford, Ill. FBO to Emery Air, one of its competitors at the Greater Rockford Airport. Emery said it plans to retain most of the 43 Raytheon employees and will remain an authorized service center for the Premier I and King Air.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Greater Rockford Airport in Illinois. The program, being formulated under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or denied no later than November 4. Comments may be submitted until July 7. For further details, contact the FAA’s Prescott Snyder in Des Plaines, Ill. at (847) 294-7538 or via fax at (847) 294-7046.