From more than half a century of publishing the Sportsman's Letter and a lifetime of caring for the Kankakee River, Ed Mullady offers his views on what he sees as good politically for his beloved area.
I agree partially and struggle mightily with some of his supports. My reactions are at the bottom. Here's his take on the races that impact concerns of his relating to the Kankakee River.
CARING ABOUT THE KANKAKEE RIVER:
Election time is upon us, and many of us have found who really cares about the Kankakee River and who doesn't! It is important for all to consider things that could hurt our river system in Illinois. You may look at this different than I do.
GOVERNOR QUINN has approved 100 million dollars(from capital funding) to buy land for the Peotone-Beecher Airport. In addition, he also approved another 10 million dollars in order to achieve imminent domain so if the airport people ran into a problem with a landowner not wanting to sell his property....our Illinois government will take the land the way they want to.
Keep in mind the FAA hasn't even okayed the building of this airport!
Those for the airport tell us it would create jobs while it is being built. Many of us think the money could be used for more important items...like more school teachers, police, road repair, working on improving railroads, better check of our sewage plants and correction if needed.
I want to stress to you that if this Peotone-Beecher airport is built, it will mark the end of 3 or more all important tributaries that flow into the Kankakee River. They will end the prime spawning and nurturing areas for such fish as smallmouth bass, rock bass, catfish, pike, croppie and many of the creeks and river aquatic food species.
The creeks nature terrorists would do damage to would be Forked Creek, Rock Creek(into the State Park), Black Walnut Creek, Exline Slough(becomes Baker Creek). It is very likely Farr,Pike and Trim Creek near Momence would be used as pollutant gathering problems.
Effluents from the airport, from the planes,the runways, additional roads, would all be potential disasters for our ecosystems.
My vote for governor will be Rich Whitney on the Green Party.
For the IL 79th District in Illinois: The present representative, Ms Lisa Dugan, has been a big promoter of the Beecher-Peotone Airport. She voted for 100 million dollar capitol funding and was one of the sponsors of the bill for 10 million dollars eminent domain backers.
Republican Candidate Nick Been also in the 79th District is AGAINST this airport.
My vote for Rep. For the IL 79th District will be for George Ochsenfeld, Peotone, IL, who has been fighting this airport since it was first brought to light. George is a leader of the group STAND(Shut This Airport Nightmare down). He states "he wants to represent ordinary people and not special interests". Sounds good to me!
For all of the Kankakee County Board, District 6 voters, I ask everyone who cares about the river to vote for Ms. Ann Bernard, who has been fighting for the Kankakee River for years. Ann Bernard is very knowledgeable about the Kankakee River and is for programs that will help the welfare of our area's greatest natural resouce.
The reason I am going over these political comments is because I know more has to be said about our Kankakee River, more protection for it is needed, or future generations will never know what a great river we have. Our local daily media has not talked at all about the welfare of the Kankakee River in this coming election.
Believe me, I would rather be talking about fishermen catching more bass, walleye, catfish or how the deer hunting is going rather than political matters that are important to saving our streams.
Keep in mind that my comments are strictly my own and not necessarily those of this radio station or its sponsors!
A couple things stick with me.
1) Gov. Quinn has a long strong record on conservation, so I am baffled by his stance on the proposed Peotone Airport. It doesn't jive and doesn't sit well with me.
2) I vote regularly for third-party candidates, but never in close elections. I am in the 79th. But, as much as I want to vote for George Ochsenfeld (he has years of fighting the righteous fight against that stupid Peotone Airport idea), I am still wavering because the election will likely be close.