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Old 03-31-2003, 02:37 PM   #1
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Mayor Daley closes Meigs Field (CGX) tears up runway at 11pm

http://www.nbc5.com/news/2074935/detail.html

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Mayor Richard M. Daley said Meigs Field was closed to protect the city. The closure of Meigs "will make Chicago a safer city and make us feel like a safer city," Daley said at a City Hall news conference.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...i%2Dnews%2Dhed

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About 11 p.m. Sunday, several backhoes, large trucks carrying floodlights, generators and other equipment arrived at the airport and started working on the north-to-south runway. Chicago police barred access to the field for anyone else.

A photo of the runaway is available here:
http://a1022.g.akamai.net/f/1022/815...03/7216694.jpg

It shouldn't come as any shock to anyone that I'm firmly opposed to Mayor Daley's actions. To sneak in at 11pm and start tearing up the runway is amazingly stupid and childish.
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Old 04-01-2003, 12:20 PM   #2
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Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times columnist weighs in on the airport closing:

http://www.suntimes.com/output/roepe...ws-roep01.html

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But unless it was an early April Fool's joke, Meigs is probably gone for good--a real mugging victim. A little tip for the mayor: If you don't want the media and the residents of Chicago and anyone with a working brain to question your motives for closing an airport that you've always wanted to close, don't make your land-grab deep into a Sunday night with no warning, not even to the governor of Illinois. It makes you look kinda sneaky and arrogant.

Let me take that back. Forget about the "kinda" part.
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Old 04-01-2003, 06:57 PM   #3
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This just makes me colossolally grumpy.
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Old 04-02-2003, 01:03 AM   #4
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I forget what flight sim it was, but about 6 to 8 years ago, I used to play this one all the time, and all the training flights were flown out of Meigs.

I always thought it was really cool because it was right next to the city.
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