Actually I think its along over due idea.
What they really need to do tho is start service to other major cities not to airline hubs.....
passengers that are simply shipped to a major airline's hub are not likely to take a service out of a city like Rockford. It also suffers from "Too-close-to O'Hare-itis" In an hour or so you can be right at O'Hare.
It took TransMeridian $500,000.00 to even think about starting service into Rockford. If Rockford has to foot a bill like that for every airline that would decide to fly there then the whole idea is doomed.
What you need is an airline with a vision on how to make the market work and know just how to make it attractive to the alternative, in other words convenient schedules, decent fares and reliable service. You have to give people a reason to decide to fly from Rockford versus going to O'Hare.
Obviously all markets cannot be served out of Rockford but if enuff key markets are served that would suffice to make it a nice alternative to the rat race. You just have to get airlines out of their stupid Hub and Spoke mentality.
Some good destinations from Rockford would be: LAX DFW MCO LAS PHX SEA BOS MIA
NYC DFW HOU ATL SLC ABQ
.....Some cities might have just one flight a day some might have 2-3 depending on the traffic. Rockford and its surrounding communities can support this, they can support direct service bypassing airline hubs, you could probably do a flight to from London, Paris or Frankfurt from Rockford and get by with that.
All it takes is money and someone willing to give it a try. If I had the money, I know I'd be doing some thing to make a plan like this work.
Okay, my two cents.