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Illinois Senate Advances Plan for Airport in Chicago’s South Suburbs  

The Illinois State Senate voted 33-20 to approve a measure that would advance the long-discussed development of an airport in Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs. The measure now goes to Gov. JB Pritzker.

However, the Chicago Tribune reported that Pritzker has indicated he would not support the airport until an airline or development partner commits to the project. 

The legislation would require the state to establish the process to find partners in the construction of a new airport. The measure also adds domestic and global freight cargo transfer development to the stated goals. 

If signed into law, the state would advertise for proposals from potential development partners. The state has spent $100 million to buy about 5,000 acres for the proposed airport near Monee. 

By requesting proposals, the questions of “will an airport be built and are there suitors to build it” will be answered, said state Sen. Napoleon Harris. 


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