Sun, Jun 01, 2003
But Other Appeals Still Pending
It's a serious setback for supports of Meigs Field in Chicago -
the GA airport whose runway was rendered unusable by bulldozers in
the middle of the night on orders from Mayor Richard Daley. Friday,
an Illinois state appeals court gave Daley the go-ahead to finish
The late-Friday afternoon decision lifted a temporary
restraining order banning further destruction of Meigs pending a
lawsuit filed by the Friends Of Meigs Field and other airport
advocates. The TRO had been in effect for exactly one week. It
allows Daley and his wrecking crews to go forward with plans to
plow the entire airport under - destroying hangars, administrative
offices, FBOs and the control tower complex.
Also on Friday, AOPA withdrew its much-vaunted lawsuit aimed at
stopping Daley from further destroying the lakeside airport. The
federal lawsuit was dropped as the Illinois State Legislature
weeded out pro-Meigs language from two aviation-related bills aimed
at expanding O'Hare Airport.
thing is about what's good and bad government," said Steven
Whitney, chairman of the Friends of Meigs Field, quoted in
Saturday's Chicago Sun-Times. "What this seems to say is that it's
fine for the city fathers to go about destroying public assets in
the dark of night. Everybody we've talked to thinks that wrong.
It's discouraging that the court thinks it's OK."
But Whitney isn't giving up yet. Friends of Meigs and other
airport supporters vow to take the issue to the Illinois Supreme
Court or even take the case to federal court if they aren't able to
stop Meigs' destruction.
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