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South Suburban Airport Not a Concern for RFD

Despite Governor Quinn giving the OK for a third Chicago airport, the Greater Rockford Airport Authority isn't worried about losing business.
"I don't really see this as a problem for this airport." -Mike Dunn, RFD Airport Manager

ROCKFORD, Ill.Governor Pat Quinn signed an economic development bill that essentially gives the green light to build a third Chicago airport in the South Suburbs. It’s a project that some consider a threat to business in Rockford, but Chicago Rockford International Airport Manager Mike Dunn doesn’t agree.

"I don't really see this as a problem for this airport and for what our strategic plans and goals are,” Dunn said. “Frankly we don't spend a lot of time around here thinking about it."

Quinn says the long-proposed airport would relieve congestion at O’Hare and Midway, but it could ignite the commerce along the Illiana corridor.

"For cargo, we cannot forget that this part of Illinois is the inland port of America,” Quinn said.

Dunn sees the project as a boon to business in Illinois and proof that Springfield is committed to mass transportation projects all across the state.

"As long as they continue to support this airport, as long as the governor and the secretary of transportation continue to support our programs here, which we believe
they will. We're fine." Dunn said.

In addition to massive high-speed rail projects crossing through Will County, the Illinois Department of Transportation continues to work on a multi-billion dollar expressway proposal that would stretch from I-55 south of Joliet to I-65 in Indiana.



 



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