So, O’Hare Airport’s $15 billion expansion is in trouble and is going to cost more than city officials predicted.
Opponents have been predicting that for years.
Right after the plan was announced, WTTW had a panel discuss it. One of the proponents was Lester Crown of Material Service fame. Material Service, as in, “We sell gravel.”
There may be more of McHenry County in Cook County than in McHenry County, thanks to Material Service and other gravel pit owners.
Now, last Thursday's Daily Herald’s editorial asks,
Will this plan fly?It’s first paragraph is
"The reason — the only reason — to expand O’Hare Airport is to substantially increase the airport’s capacity and reduce its delays in a cost-effective manner."To say there is some doubt is a substantial understatement.
As the Daily Herald concludes:
"Some observers have suggested another course and say that adding one runway and extending an existing runway would significantly reduce delays at much lower cost. It is time, before the city goes further down the uncertain path it is on now, to fully analyze this and perhaps other options in an open-minded search for the most cost-effective modernization of this vital airport."Could former U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald have been right…again?
I wish Daily Herald Jack Mabley were still with us so he could write an “I told you so” column for the Daily Herald. He convinced me that this mega-expansion of O’Hare was unnecessary, as was the Peotone Airport.
Mabley argued that Gary’s airport would work quite find, thank you. It’s 35 minutes from the Loop, but in another state, of course.
But Chicago/Illinois politicians can’t control the contracts there, can they?
It’s really all about concrete.
Also posted at McHenry County Blog.