(70 ILCS 5/17.3)
(from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.17c)
Any Metropolitan Airport Authority which, on the effective
date of this amendatory Act of 1986, does not have a runway in excess of
5,100 feet shall, prior to the construction of a new
runway or the extension of any existing runway to a length in excess of
5,100 feet, publish notice of such intent in a newspaper published
within the Authority and having a general circulation within the Authority,
for 3 successive weeks. The publication of the notice
shall include a notice of (1) the specific number of voters required to
sign a petition requesting that the question of the construction of a new
runway or extension of an existing runway be submitted to the voters of the
Authority; (2) the time within which the petition must be filed; and (3) the
date of the prospective referendum. The secretary of the Board shall
provide a petition form to any individual requesting one.
If within 30 days after publication of the last such notice no objection
has been made, construction consistent with the notice may commence.
Objection may be made by filing a petition with the circuit court
bearing the signatures of voters in the Authority equal in number to
10% or more of the registered voters in the Authority.
If such an objection is made, the construction may not commence until the
proposal is approved by a referendum held at the next election in
accordance with the general election law. Such referendum shall be held in
the entire territory of the Authority.
(Source: P.A. 86-1253; 87-767.)