Suburbs Condemn Attempted U.S. Take-Over of O'Hare Expansion

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Suburban O'Hare Commission

    BENSENVILLE, Ill., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Any
 attempt by Congress to strip Illinois Gov. George Ryan of his power to veto
 new runways at O'Hare is an outrageous attack on the right of Chicago
 communities to determine their own fate and a violation of the U.S.
 Constitution's Tenth Amendment.
     Officials of the Suburban O'Hare Commission issued that view on Monday
 after published reports that two Iowa senators, Charles E. Grassley, a
 Republican, and Tom Harkin, a Democrat, plan to introduce legislation that
 would move the federal government towards the construction of two parallel
 runways at O'Hare."
     "Imagine the outrage in Iowa if our senators pushed Congress to force Des
 Moines to build, or tear up, two runways at its airport," said SOC Chairman
 John Geils.  "Or to build ten new schools, a new passenger rail station and a
 nuclear waste dump?
     "This is a federal republic, unless they repealed the Tenth Amendment when
 we weren't looking.  There are certain things that Washington simply cannot
 order be done.  Mayor Richard M. Daley knows that, and he was right, when he
 told the Federal Aviation Administration that it could not stop him from
 shutting down Meigs Field to turn it into a lakefront park."
     Basic legal analysis shows that runway construction is a state or local
 function.  Under the Tenth Amendment, the federal government cannot require
 states to build runways, terminals or airports.  Chicago, itself, is only able
 to do so because the state of Illinois granted that power to the city as a
 subdivision of the state.  By no means can Congress constitutionally instruct
 states how to delegate their powers to their political subdivisions.
     "This proposed legislation is only being pushed because those who are in
 favor of expanding O'Hare -- namely the two airlines that control more than 80
 percent of the traffic there -- are trying an end-run around Illinois law and
 the courts," Geils said.  "The pro-runway expansionists know that they are
 going to lose a case in appellate court that would require the state to
 exercise its veto power over current and future plans to expand O'Hare
 airport. So they are getting desperate.
     "That they are calling in two Iowa senators now to do their dirty work for
 them is an insult to every Illinois citizen, especially those who would suffer
 the most from the noise and danger that would be posed by two new O'Hare
 runways."
     Suburban O'Hare Commission (SOC) is a council of governments representing
 about one million people living around O'Hare Airport.
 
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    BENSENVILLE, Ill., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Any
 attempt by Congress to strip Illinois Gov. George Ryan of his power to veto
 new runways at O'Hare is an outrageous attack on the right of Chicago
 communities to determine their own fate and a violation of the U.S.
 Constitution's Tenth Amendment.
     Officials of the Suburban O'Hare Commission issued that view on Monday
 after published reports that two Iowa senators, Charles E. Grassley, a
 Republican, and Tom Harkin, a Democrat, plan to introduce legislation that
 would move the federal government towards the construction of two parallel
 runways at O'Hare."
     "Imagine the outrage in Iowa if our senators pushed Congress to force Des
 Moines to build, or tear up, two runways at its airport," said SOC Chairman
 John Geils.  "Or to build ten new schools, a new passenger rail station and a
 nuclear waste dump?
     "This is a federal republic, unless they repealed the Tenth Amendment when
 we weren't looking.  There are certain things that Washington simply cannot
 order be done.  Mayor Richard M. Daley knows that, and he was right, when he
 told the Federal Aviation Administration that it could not stop him from
 shutting down Meigs Field to turn it into a lakefront park."
     Basic legal analysis shows that runway construction is a state or local
 function.  Under the Tenth Amendment, the federal government cannot require
 states to build runways, terminals or airports.  Chicago, itself, is only able
 to do so because the state of Illinois granted that power to the city as a
 subdivision of the state.  By no means can Congress constitutionally instruct
 states how to delegate their powers to their political subdivisions.
     "This proposed legislation is only being pushed because those who are in
 favor of expanding O'Hare -- namely the two airlines that control more than 80
 percent of the traffic there -- are trying an end-run around Illinois law and
 the courts," Geils said.  "The pro-runway expansionists know that they are
 going to lose a case in appellate court that would require the state to
 exercise its veto power over current and future plans to expand O'Hare
 airport. So they are getting desperate.
     "That they are calling in two Iowa senators now to do their dirty work for
 them is an insult to every Illinois citizen, especially those who would suffer
 the most from the noise and danger that would be posed by two new O'Hare
 runways."
     Suburban O'Hare Commission (SOC) is a council of governments representing
 about one million people living around O'Hare Airport.
 
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