Will County Board Chairman Jim Moustis has had my vote before and will continue to get it so long as he stays tough on the "Peotone Problem." Now, the reason I choose to call it a problem is quite simple - we don't need that third airport in Peotone if airlines have repeatedly said they will not land there.
So if there were ever a good reason to abandon what many consider a fools game - then that is about as straight forward as it will ever get.
If, however, our misguided local politicians continue to believe that Peotone somehow still needs to be built - then Jesse Jackson Jr. should not be allowed to wrest control of the airport under any circumstances! After all, if the airport is going to be built in Will County then it should be controlled by Will County? Besides, we just don't need no alleged wife-cheating, wannabe senator dictating anything around here. So, Jr., just stay the hell out of our affairs!
In a nutshell, I guess, Jim Moustis pretty much said the same thing to Jesse Jackson Jr. and our not so lovable huckster, Governor Pat Quinn. And as it stands right now, my guess is that most residents of Will County would squarely agree with Jim Moustis. Not only is Moustis right to fight back, but the residents of Will County would fight back too if they have to. So, I suppose if I were the governor, it would be prudent on his part to start listening to one of our representatives for once. Besides, our good ole boy governor's chances of being reelected are on some real shaky ground these days given his propensity for stiffing Illinois taxpayers while caving into businesses and implementing a corporate welfare policy.
Now, If there are still some residents in Will County who have a thing for the governor - maybe they should reconsider after Jim Moustis gave us the inside poop on what the "other airport story" is all about. Particularly the part where Cook County politicians basically told Will County to shut up and behave because they are in total control here. Well, that sort of shit just ain't gonna fly around here! Hey, our politicians may not be all that better than those in Cook County sometimes, but they are still our politicians. And quite frankly - at least our County Board has been able to hold the line on over-taxation as opposed to the Governor's Yo-Yo's elsewhere.
Then again, the voter demographics in Will County aren't as aligned as they are in Cook County. Our elected officials know that they really don't really have much choice but to at least listen to their constituents from time to time. And anyone who doubts that better ask some of those politicians who have already been shown the door after taking us for granted. So there is something better going on in Will County more often than not.
For the record, though, I am still 1000% opposed to a Peotone Airport! We have already squandered far too much money on this project. And for a state with as much money woes as Illinois has, well, they really should be looking at doing something else. After all, there is already a perfectly viable third airport option sitting right across the border in Gary, Indiana. So you see? This whole Peotone exercise has been absolutely asinine from the get go considering former Chicago Mayor, Richard M. Daley, created the Gary Chicago Airport Authority. I mean, what in the hell was the purpose of that brainchild anyhow if they aren't going to utilize its viability?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with sharing the spoils with Indiana when it comes to regional development.
But I suspect all of our remaining cash sucking machine politicians don't want to go for that option because, as usual, Cook County politics must always dictate who is control. But you know something? I am getting really tired of that "right hand washing the other while their left hand is busy picking the pockets of Illinois taxpayers routine."
Look no one should ever forget that other airport fiasco known as Mid-America Airport near St. Louis! And if there were anyone with half a brain working at the FAA they would see exactly what in the hell was going on here. You know I just don't think the residents of Illinois, or even the U.S. Taxpayer for that matter, need to be saddled with two financial albatrosses to satisfy the greedy hands of a select group of corrupt insiders and politicians!
Anyone who honestly believes that Peotone and/or Will County would benefit from yet another airport must be seriously deluded. But hey, don't say you weren't warned if it does get built because it will cost every single taxpayer even more in taxes for the ultimate upkeep and heating of an empty airport shell. So why don't we finally just call an ace an ace here? Peotone Airport is nothing more than a sham to benefit clout. And that is exactly why I suspect the wannabe Jesse Jackson Jr. wants his grubby little fingers into the money jar.
So while I am glad that Jim Moustis has drawn a line in the sand so far as who would control the airport - I still wish that he and the rest of the Will County Board would go the extra mile and shit can this very bad project.
We don't need the flim-flam out here in Will County!
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