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Meigs Field Appeal for Support
Deadline Expired: 31/10/01
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Alert We're so used to holding up the USA as a beacon of how things should be with GA that this alert is somewhat unusual. We won't make a habit of appealing for support for facilities outside of the UK, but Meigs Field in Chicago is such a cause (as well as the default departure point in Microsoft Flight Sim) that we're happy to make an exception in this case.

The Mayor of Chicago wants to turn Meigs into a park, and he actually got as far as closing it in 1996... but then allowed it to reopen under a five-year lease in February 1997. It was revealed last week that there isn't any money in the coffers to turn the airport into a park, but that the plan was to close it anyway and spend a few millions on demolishing the runway and buildings and then leave it derelict for the time being. It appears that the Mayor is now willing to reconsider his plans.

Friends of Meigs Field are currently canvassing support by asking people to participate in a letter writing campaign to the Illinois State Governor.

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Action We can lend an international dimension to the support for Meigs Field by writing to Governor Ryan.

Please note that Governor Ryan is supportive of Meigs. His recently introduced regional plan for airport capacity included the preservation of Meigs Field. Letters should thank him for his support and encourage him to carry on doing all he can to allow Meigs to continue operating after February 2002 when the current lease expires.

The address for Governor Ryan is:-

Governor George Ryan,
Office of the Governor,
207 Statehouse,
IL 62706

Letters can also be sent by e-mail to:-


or by fax to:-


In addition, if you have connections with Chicago, you are also invited to write letters to the local press to voice your support. More details of where to address these can be found on the Meigs Action Coalition web site.

The campaign organisers are also keen to receive blind copies of any e-mails/letters sent:-

Meigs Action Coalition
P.O. Box 147055
Chicago, IL 60614
FAX: 847-966-6168

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More Info The Friends of Meigs Field web site offers a whole raft of information relating to the airport and its activities.

The Meigs Action Coalition web site offers more detailed information and resources relating to the campaign to preserve the airport, and the current letter writing campaign.

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