State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                       SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  construction  and  operation  of  a  third
 3    airport  to  serve  the  greater  Chicago  area  would   have
 4    tremendous impact upon the south suburban communities of that
 5    region,  and  a  well-informed  decision upon such an airport
 6    must be based on a thorough  and  deliberate  study  of  that
 7    impact; and

 8        WHEREAS,  An  airport's  impact  upon  the environment is
 9    long-lasting and may range from air and  water  pollution  to
10    noise  levels that disrupt educational and medical facilities
11    and disturb both human and animal populations  over  a  great
12    distance; and

13        WHEREAS,  The  deleterious  effects  of an airport upon a
14    community's existing physical infra-structure,  in  terms  of
15    deterioration  and repair, may be dwarfed by the acceleration
16    of the  community's  future  infra-structure  needs  to  meet
17    traffic, utility, and emergency services demands generated by
18    the operation of an airport; and

19        WHEREAS,  Precious financial resources, such as local tax
20    dollars and tax revenue sharing for local communities, may be
21    diverted  from  local  expenditures  for   law   enforcement,
22    schools,   services   for  home-bound  senior  citizens,  and
23    transportation for the disabled in order  to  deal  with  the
24    consequences of a third airport; and

25        WHEREAS,  The  financial  drain  of  a  new  airport upon
26    communities may occur simultaneously with declining  property
27    values,   losses   in   employment,  housing  shortages,  and
28    increased costs of living; and

29        WHEREAS, The myriad concerns raised by the possibility of
30    a third  airport  in  the  greater  Chicago  area  warrant  a
31    thoughtful  and  detailed  investigation  into  the  probable
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 1    impact of such a facility upon the south suburban communities
 2    of that region; therefore, be it

 5    REPRESENTATIVES  CONCURRING  HEREIN,  that we request Chicago
 6    State University to conduct a study of the  impact  upon  the
 7    south  suburban communities of the construction and operation
 8    of a third airport to serve the  greater  Chicago  area,  and
 9    that we request that the study address all aspects of impact,
10    including  but  not  limited  to the impact upon the economy,
11    infra-structure, transportation, employment, health and human
12    services, education, environment, crime, and quality of life;
13    and be it further

14        RESOLVED, That we request that Chicago  State  University
15    report  upon its study to the General Assembly by January 15,
16    2002; and be it further

17        RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be presented  to
18    the President of Chicago State University.

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