Peotone airtport potentially revitalized, still faces strong opposition

Local officials say a proposed airport in rural Peotone has become an on-again, off-again nightmare for local residents.

Since 2002, the Illinois Department of Transportation has purchased more than 4,000 acres of land, totaling nearly $100 million, in a plan to eventually build a third major airport serving Chicagoland. The planned site lies little more than 40 miles south of Chicago in rural Will County.

But with waning support from state officials and an ongoing budget stalemate keeping funds locked down, the proposed airport looked to be stalled.