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Quinn OKs Bill for Peotone Airport, DePaul Arena

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a wide-ranging bill that'll allow state officials to push forward on a third Chicago area airport south of the city. 

Efforts on the project have been stalled for decades because of disagreements about local control. The bill signed Thursday authorized the Illinois Department of Transportation to spend about $70 million to continue land acquisition. The construction will be a public-private partnership and Quinn's office estimates it'll create 14,000 jobs when operational. 

 

The bill also allows Chicago to set up financing for a new DePaul University sports arena on Lake Michigan and provides tax incentives for a fertilizer plant in central Illinois.

At the bill signing, Quinn focused only on the airport. He says the longtime vision is becoming a reality.

 

The bill is SB20.   More information online: www.ilga.gov

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