STAND (Shut This Airport Nightmare Down) will hold a demonstration Monday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Tinley Park Convention Center where Governor Pat Quinn will speak to the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce. Quinn is speaking at the Chamber's "Regional Consensus Luncheon".
STAND will display a large banner which reads “NO EMINENT DOMAIN AT PEOTONE” and demonstrators will have other signs. STAND will be at the entrance to the Convention Center, which is off 183rd Street, just east of Harlem.
STAND wants Governor Quinn to promise that the state will not use eminent domain to forcefully take people’s property for the proposed Peotone airport prior to the FAA deciding whether an airport can be built. According to STAND, that decision is two years away. The state has already initiated eminent domain on a small number of properties and is threatening to do massive eminent domain condemnations soon. STAND claims this is unfair to property owners and unfair to taxpayers who will pay for this property with borrowed money.
For more information on STAND, contact president George Ochsenfeld at (708) 534-7319.
Eminent Domain was a hot topic at STAND's last meeting: