CHICAGO | Peotone Airport (28261 S Kedzie Avenue)

„ Hoping to build off of the surge in post-pandemic cargo as well as surrounding warehouses and logistic centers, while the airport is troubling locals with its potential environmental impacts and increased pollution. However at the moment the legislation just requires IDOT to enter into a public-private agreement in order to establish a pre-qualification process for vendors to partake in development, financing, construction, and operations of the airport.

The state is also demanding a demand study for cargo operations in order to avoid a build-first and occupy later approach that will waste public funding. If Governor Pritzker approves the bill HB 2531, IDOT will have six months to seek out developers.“

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Some folks definitely have a weird fetish for unneeded airports in the middle of rural Illinois cornfields. In the 1990s they opened the MidAmerica Airport in Belleville, and it has struggled to attract traffic. It was featured numerous times on Tom Brokaw’s “Fleecing of America.”


I think the best course of action is to upgrade Gary Airport. It’s already part of the area’s urban fabric, including a transit connection. The political problem would be Indiana agreeing to these significant improvements. Keeping the airport within the Illinois borders seems important to the current administration… it’s just generally a bad location though.