STAND officers state the purpose of the Harvest Fest was to reach out to individuals, groups, and elected officials to "help prevent this politically-driven project from becoming a reality."
The keynote speaker at the Footprint Harvest Fest was scheduled to be Jon Stewart, the main organizer of the successful campaign to stop a 3rd runway at Heathrow Airport in London.
STAND members say they are fighting to stop the State of Illinois from using eminent domain to gain control of land in the footprint of the proposed Peotone Airport. Anthony Rudis--a 100 year old owner of property in the footprint--was in attendance. Regarding the state's plan to use eminent domain to take his land, Rudis stated: "This land is not for sale, I do not want them on my property and I will do what I can to stop them. This is terribly upsetting. The FAA has not approved the project, and they have no business moving forward, wasting taxpayers' money."
Photos from the Harvest Fest:
|Hand-made signs lead the way to Harvest Fest in rural Eastern Will County|
|Harvest Fest goers look out over land slated to be in or near the Peotone Airport footprint|
|Display of "No Peotone Airport" signs from throughout the many years the State of Illinois has been buying land and attempting to buy land for the proposed "Peotone Airport"|
|Will County map showing--in pink--the proposed initial airport footprint, and--in purple--the ultimate full outline of the proposed Peotone Airport Boundary.|