Pilot's labor of love could spell trouble for third Chicago airport

03/26/2009 | SouthtownStar (Chicago), The

When Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced last week he would proceed "as fast as humanly possible" with building a new airport in the southern suburbs of Chicago, he ignored one inconvenient truth: An airport is already there. Pilot and entrepreneur Jim Bult bought an old airstrip three years ago, expanded its runway to 5,000 feet and is currently building a stone-and-timber terminal where pilots can relax or work out. He's already invested $37 million in the project, and he plans to break ground on two new hangars within weeks. Despite all the work, he says he's not opposed to Quinn's plan. "If the state bought Bult Field, bulldozed it and built a viable runway and a hangar for me, I wouldn't care," he says. "My beginning goal and my end goal was to have a quality airport here."

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