Boycott O’Hare

I realize that I’m just playing Don Quixote, but I am done with O’Hare International Airport. From the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago celebrated an expected legal victory Thursday allowing it to keep turning earth for an expanded O’Hare International Airport, but suburban opponents vowed to fight for what is left of their neighborhood.

[ . . . ]

“Activity will start almost immediately,” vowed Rosemarie Andolino, executive director of the O’Hare Modernization Program.

She said no date has been set to start the demolition.

“We will begin the demolition process in accordance with the court’s approval,” Andolino said.

Popejoy said Chicago is under no obligation to comply with Bensenville demolition ordinances and therefore would not need to obtain a demolition permit. [Village President John] Geils said he will increase police patrols in case Chicago tries to begin demolition overnight. [My emphasis, of awesomeness. – NPO]

“We’ll take every legal remedy available to us to stop them from trespassing on village property,” he said.

“We all remember Meigs Field,” Geils added, referring to Mayor Richard Daley’s move on March 30, 2003, to shut down the lakefront airport by destroying its runway in the middle of the night, in violation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations requiring notice.

I’m not saying that Chicago airports don’t suck or need to make some serious improvements. However, eminent domain, I think, is not the appropriate solution. Northwest Indiana has been pleading for the third major Chicago airport for years, now; diverting traffic from O’Hare to Gary seems, to me, to be a more acceptable policy than pushing people out of their homes and allowing the nation’s third-largest city to bully its diminutive neighbor. Andolino, in a more recent statement, defiantly asserted that O’Hare won’t delay or alter plans for the sake of home-owners. I believe that she actually said, “No way.” Thence continued she to aver that aviation policy is a national concern that trumps the rights of the Bensenville natives.

I realize, again, that I’m tilting at windmills, but, as far as I’m concerned, the right to property, one ingrained in and essential to our political regime, supersedes the “right” to fly, a relatively recent, wholly unnecessary privilege. I say this regardless of what the Illinois General Assembly rules. Hell, I distrust just about any political decision made in the sprawling morass of corruption that is Illinois politics. Between the Daley Machine (God bless ’em!), Governor Blagojevich, and the past indiscretions of previous Republican Governor George Ryan, the state’s political culture, notwithstanding awesome former US Senator Peter Fitzgerald and even cooler (out-of-state-originating) US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (appointed by, but not related to, Peter), suffices to compel me, ultimately, to doubt the trustability of Senator Obama. Moreover, as I noted, Gary, which already has expandable airport grounds, wants Chicago’s third major airport. Why push this rapacious policy when a better alternative exists?

Boycott O’Hare. And nominate John Geils for an Heroic Defender of Liberty award.

Update: Courtesy of my Aunt Beth, a loyal reader, Carol Marin’s 6 August Chicago Sun-Times column on one of Governor Blagojevich’s more recent bouts of corruption. (I realize that it’s hardly relevant to the specifics of this post, but I have no problem with thrashing “Governor Do-Wrong” on a tangent.)

Asked by WTTW “Chicago Tonight” reporter Rich Samuels if he was going to sign the ethics bill that’s languishing on his desk, the governor declared he might take his amendatory veto pen to the legislation. With the slash of his mighty amendatory sword and the help of a goofy new slogan, Blago boldly declared he will, “Rewrite to Do Right.”

As state Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago) acidly told Samuels, when the General Assembly unanimously passed the measure out of both houses, lawmakers viewed the governor’s desk as a “final destination, not a suggestion box.”

The bill in question prohibits what we in this beleaguered state call “pay to play,” that is, contractors giving campaign contributions to state officeholders while simultaneously holding contracts that official oversees.

Every other state officeholder — Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Comptroller Dan Hynes and Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias — voluntarily put such prohibitions in place long ago.

Not Blago.

This guy is such a joke.

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