Pastors and community leaders from Gamaliel of Metro Chicago, PNCC’s city-wide network, will hold a sitting outside the office of Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday September 14, 2011 at 10:00am. The intention of this sitting will be to demand a face-to-face meeting in order to discuss job development and plans for the construction of the Abraham Lincoln National Airport. This would be Chicago’s third airport which will be located in Peotone, IL. These plans have been sitting on the table for years, still waiting for implementation.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 10:00am
WHERE: Outside the Office of the Governor (James R. Thompson Center) 100 W. Randolph Chicago, IL 60601
WHO: Pastors and community leaders representing over ten communities from the South Suburbs.
In a New York Times column, “Flying Blind in Chicago” (2009), Bob Herbert stated that, “[…] many of the big time politicians in and around Chicago are upset at the very thought of an airport being built in which they would be unable to control the jobs and the contracts.”
Pastor James Hunt of New Hope Community Church said, “We can no longer carry business as usual. Our people are suffering and we can no longer sit in the sidelines waiting for something to happen. The Governor promised to support the construction of a third airport in Peotone IL, and so far no one’s heard anything.”
A third airport is needed for capacity reasons, according to many studies done by the Federal Aviation Administration. Sponsors estimate that the airport will generate billions of dollars and create thousands of jobs that are much needed for the struggling south suburban towns nearby
The group of pastors, priests and community leaders were not able to get a meeting with Gov. Quinn. According to staff, he was not at his office on that day. The group will return when the Gov. comes back from his trip from China, (the governor was in fact in Chicago when the group organized the sitting). According community leaders, they will not stop until a meeting is scheduled.