Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement about the breakthrough vote in the Illinois House to create a public-private partnership that will allow the Illinois Department of Transportation to proceed with the development, construction and operation of the South Suburban Airport in Will County. Today's vote in the House represents progress on Governor Quinn's commitment to develop a third major Chicago area airport in the south suburbs, which he has pushed for since becoming Governor in 2009. Senate Bill 20 will launch a global transportation hub that will employ more than 11,000 workers to build and as many as 14,000 people after it becomes operational.
"Today's vote to build the third airport benefits workers, local governments, travelers, shippers and the Illinois economy.
"After years of pushing to make the third airport a reality in the south suburbs, we are moving forward with the development of this huge economic engine that will strengthen Illinois' status as the transportation hub of the nation for years to come.
"The South Suburban Airport is uniquely positioned to capitalize on and contribute to the region's growth by offering a flexible, convenient multi-modal solution for both businesses and passengers. This is a good day for the south suburbs and economic development in Illinois.
"I urge the Senate to pass this legislation and send it to my desk."