Meigs Field

June 30, 2008 - 9:18am

Rachel Goodstein, president of the Friends of Meigs Field and executive director for Meigs Action Coalition (Booth No. 4013), said that the fight to keep open the Chicago general aviation airport, which was scheduled to close on Feb. 10, 2002, still is not over. “The city of Chicago and the city’s park commission passed ordinances that extend the airport’s lease on a month-to-month basis,” said Goodstein.

May 27, 2008 - 9:27am

A fragile and intricate set of deals last month promise to keep Meigs Field (CGX) open until 2026, but the Illinois General Assembly could still reverse the terms with a simple majority vote anytime after Jan. 1, 2006. As part of the same round, Meigs supporter Illinois Gov.

May 22, 2008 - 6:13am

Despite a new blizzard of support for Meigs Field (CGX) using every media, general aviation’s most famous single-runway airport is set to close permanently on February 10 in favor of a bird habitat.

May 15, 2008 - 11:06am

Helicopter Association International (HAI) president Roy Resavage has written to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to press for an amendment to the 2002 transportation appropriations bill that would help protect reliever airports in the Chicago area.

May 15, 2008 - 8:11am

A bill moving through Congress that would dramatically expand Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) would also protect tiny Meigs Field (CGX) for the next quarter century. But opposition to the proposal to add runways at O’Hare and build an entirely new airport at Peotone, Ill., could scuttle the deal.

April 21, 2008 - 10:20am

The U.S. House of Representatives, in passing H.R. 3479 The National Aviation Capacity Expansion Act of 2002, has taken a step toward preserving Chicago’s Meigs Field until 2006, with additional provision for maintaining the airport until 2026. “This act recognizes the critical importance of the general aviation airports to the nation’s air transportation system,” noted NBAA president Jack Olcott in response to the bill’s passage.

January 15, 2008 - 6:34am

The fate of Chicago’s Meigs Field (CGX), still in limbo because of Senate inaction last year, has not disappeared from the radar screen of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.). On January 7, the first day of the 108th Congress, he introduced legislation that would ensure the future of the downtown lakefront airport.

December 18, 2007 - 6:36am

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, a veteran of the bare-knuckle school of politics, is defiantly defending his destruction of Meigs Field last year despite threats from the FAA to fine the city $33,000 for closing the lakefront airport and another $4.5 million for illegally diverting revenues from O’Hare to pay for closing the downtown airport.

November 26, 2007 - 11:47am

Helicopter Association International (HAI) president Roy Resavage has written to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to press for an amendment to the 2002 transportation appropriations bill that would help protect reliever airports in the Chicago area.

October 16, 2007 - 6:43am

With the forcible shutdown of Chicago Meigs Field fresh in their minds, several members of the House aviation subcommittee called to eliminate some of the security restrictions that have been imposed on general aviation as a result of 9/11 and continuing unspecified terrorist threats. And general aviation trade associations pleaded with the lawmakers to create a cohesive federal policy on airspace and airport shutdowns.

 
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