Perhaps Some Non-Chicago Judges Will Listen
The Executive Committee of the Friends of Meigs
Field has been meeting every week since the 'Midnight Massacre at
Meigs' on March 31. (Before that, they met every two weeks since
They write, "We have been pursuing a variety of strategies at
the federal, state and local levels. We have had considerable
success in public opinion. A brand-new poll published Monday by the
Chicago Tribune shows that a wide majority of every
segment of the population disagrees with Mayor Daley's
How would you have answered?
The Chicago Tribune poll asked the
question: Mayor Daley ordered the destruction of Meigs Field
runways. He said this was to safeguard downtown Chicago from
possible terrorist attack. Did you approve or disapprove of his
The results? Disapprove: 65%; Approve: 24%; No opinion: 12%.
[The Trib didn't mention that Hizzoner Jr. also recanted
that reasoning, after Secretary Ridge blew the bogus explanation
out of the water --ed.]
Jon Hilkevitch, the Tribune's aviation writer, had a
look at the demographics. Few liked what the mayor did; and fewer
still believe there's a threat. He wrote Monday, "Disagreement
with the mayor reached across party lines and transcended race, sex
"Among Democrats, 57 percent disapproved of Daley's action, as
did 74 percent of Republican voters polled in the metropolitan
area. Sixty-eight percent of white suburban women said Daley did
the wrong thing. Seventy percent of voters surveyed in the
six-county region said there was no greater chance that a terrorist
attack would occur in downtown Chicago because of Meigs.
Only 17 percent of Chicago voters and 16 percent of
suburban Cook County voters said Meigs created a greater chance of
an attack. Seventy-three percent of white voters in the
poll and 62 percent of black voters said the existence of Meigs did
not pose a greater terrorist threat. Most men (75 percent) and
women (65 percent) polled said Meigs did not increase the chances
of terrorism, though more women had no opinion on the issue."
Friends of Meigs Not Giving Up
organization wrote, "Some of our strategies may be long shots, but
the two previous successes we achieved saving Meigs in 1997 and in
2001 were also long shot victories.
"To successfully pursue any of these strategies, we will need
"On the legal front, our lawyers have been working on an appeal
to the Illinois Supreme Court, asking an immediate halt to further
action to close Meigs. We are seeking your URGENT financial
contribution now so we can file the appeal immediately, and be
prepared to pursue the appeal if the Court does act favorably to
us. The full appeal will cost Friends of Meigs Field nearly
$100,000. We have very little time to file it."
It's Not Just About Meigs; and the Precedent is Important!
"I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this
appeal to efforts to preserve Meigs Field," Rachel Goodstein,
President of Friends of Meigs Field continued. "As things currently
stand, there is nothing preventing the City of Chicago and the
Chicago Park District from further demolition of the airport. The
Temporary Restraining Order we won in April has been lifted. The
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association have withdrawn their federal
suit. We need to move quickly, and we need to raise funds in order
to do so."
"If we let Meigs Field close, no airport in America is really
safe. Anti-airport groups are watching what happens.
Please help us in this fight for aviation so we can all say that in
this year of the Centennial of Flight together we won and Saved
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