Federal government seeks to pursue airport expansion of more than $50 million

By Morgan Conley (February 1, 2022, 1:28 PM EST) – The US Department of the Interior and the Federal Aviation Administration want a federal court in Illinois to drop them from the lawsuit of environmental activists challenging the project $50 million expansion of a Chicago-area airport, arguing claims over federal approvals were filed in the wrong place.

In a motion to dismiss on Monday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s DOI and FAA urged a federal court in Illinois to release them from litigation alleging that they and Chicago Rockford International Airport violated the National Environmental Policy Act by moving forward with an airport expansion project that would allegedly destroy the Bell Bowl prairie.

Federal agencies have argued that…

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