political systems runs were shattered by former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s illegal
destruction of Meigs Field, Chicago’s lakefront airport. At that time I was the
President of the Friends of Meigs Field, an organization with over 5,000 members
that had helped achieve the compromise between Mayor Daley and former Governor
George Ryan that was to keep Meigs open until 2026. I was called by the media
in the middle of that night, drove to the airport and witnessed the events of that evening.
While the Federal Aviation Administration did investigate the incident and did find that federal funds were misappropriated to destroy the airport, no one has been prosecuted for the actions of that night.