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.
Merrill C. Meigs
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.
The worst-kept secret in Chicago: Mayor Richard Daley is considering privatizing Midway International Airport. Dana Levenson, the city’s CFO, has stated officially that the idea has been discussed but is not under serious consideration. According to Levenson, the idea has surfaced as a way for the city to raise money without increasing taxes. “It’s really just thinking outside the box,” Levenson said.