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Letter to the editor: HB 2531 marks progress for South Suburban Airport, triumph for Chicago Southland

In a momentous event that has been eagerly awaited for several decades, the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with various legislative leaders, recently celebrated the signing of House Bill 2531 into law. This pivotal legislation signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker signifies a significant step forward in building the South Suburban Airport for cargo. With proposals for this crucial infrastructure development first initiated in 1984, this legislative achievement marks a turning point in the region’s economic growth and promises to deliver tremendous benefits to the communities across the South Suburbs.

Legislative Collaboration

The successful passing of HB 2531 was made possible through the unwavering efforts of a dedicated group of legislators and organizations. Among the driving forces behind this legislation were Sen. Napoleon Harris, Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin, Rep. Will Davis and Sen. Patrick Joyce. Their combined vision and determination paved the way for the bill’s journey through the legislative process.

Moreover, the collaborative support of key stakeholders played an instrumental role in advancing the project. The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation, and the relentless efforts of Rick Bryant, senior advisor for Rep. Robin Kelly, were all essential in garnering support and building momentum for the South Suburban Airport. These legislators and organizations are a few of the many who have been working diligently on this project for years. 

The Transformative Impact

The signing of HB 2531 is a remarkable achievement, bringing the long-awaited South Suburban Airport closer to reality. The significance of this development cannot be overstated, as it promises to revolutionize transportation and bolster economic growth in the entire Chicago Southland region.

The construction and operation of the cargo airport will generate many benefits for local communities and businesses. Increased job opportunities, business expansion and infrastructure improvements are just a few of the transformative impacts expected. Moreover, the airport’s strategic location will enhance the accessibility and connectivity of the South Suburbs, promoting regional and global trade while fostering economic competitiveness.

A Catalyst for Economic Growth

The South Suburban Airport has been a vision cherished by many for decades, and the enactment of HB 2531 is a clear testament to the dedication of those involved. As the airport moves closer to reality, it is set to become a catalyst for unprecedented economic growth and development. Creating new jobs in various sectors, including aviation, logistics, hospitality and retail that will uplift the livelihoods of countless residents in the area.

Furthermore, the airport’s development will spur additional investments in related infrastructure, such as roadways, public transportation and commercial establishments. The resulting economic ripple effect will stimulate the local economy and invigorate the South Suburbs into a thriving hub for trade, commerce and innovation.


The celebration of HB 2531 being signed into law is a historic moment for the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce and all those who have tirelessly advocated for the South Suburban Airport. With this legislation, the vision of a world-class cargo airport in the South Suburbs takes one giant leap closer to realization. As the project advances, it will herald a new era of economic growth, opportunity and prosperity for the region, making a lasting positive impact on the lives of its residents for generations to come.

For more information please email: [email protected].

Terri Winfree, president
Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce

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