The political struggle over control of a proposed third Chicago area airport that would be located in Will County will continue Thursday with a county board resolution urging Gov. Pat Quinn to work exclusively with the county on the project.
"I think it's time that this nonsense goes away, and Will County has the respect it deserves to negotiate with the governor and accomplish this goal (of a new airport)," said Will County Board member Cory Singer (R-Frankfort), who proposed the resolution at a March 8 executive committee meeting.
The resolution, which will go before the board at Thursday's meeting, calls for Quinn to end talks with U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson's Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission, a group of southern Cook County communities that would control the airport authority. Along with believing that the county should control an airport in its own backyard, Singer cited the group's involvement with the Canadian engineering firm SLC-Lavalin, which he said breaks state procurement law. He also pointed to a New York Times report last month that connected Lavalin to a possible plot to smuggle Col. Muammar Qaddafi's to Mexico.
Earlier this year, , insisting the county needs to have control over its operation.
Singer, , said one of the reasons behind proposing this resolution is to show the county's commitment to moving forward on the airport. He also said this is the first sign of Cook County politics encroaching on Will County affairs, an issue that's a key component of his campaign.