Let's face it, government projects almost always go over budget. Look at the Big Dig in Boston. Not to mention that the darn think leaks.
The fact that the Governor may lose his bid for re-election does not mean the end of ORD
expansion. First, there are Republicans who support ORD
expansion that may run for Governor in '06. If you want names, there is Bob Schillerstrom, president of the DuPage County Board, as well as Kirk Dillard, a state senator and chairman of the DuPage County GOP.
Second, the Mayor has a good working relationship with George Bush. This may explain to some degree why the FAA has been so accomodating so far.
Third, Sen. John McCain has made a number of unkind comments about the opponents of ORD
expansion, including former Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald. McCain and Fitzgerald almost got into a fight on the Senate floor, and Trent Lott had to break things up. Personally, I think the former Navy flyer could have knocked the snot out of Fitzgerald.
My point is, however, that since McCain is chair of the Commerce Committee, he is supportive of measures that will improve ability of the air traffic system to move people in a timely manner, and ORD
expansion is a key measure.
Fourth, Speaker Dennis Hastert is from Illinois and a supporter of both UA
. An expanded ORD
will certainly be help them retain market share within the industry, so he is a supporter of ORD