The group STAND--Shut This Airport Nightmare Down--is holding a "Footprint Harvest Fest" this Sunday, October 9, in rural Will County. The event will be held from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Verduin farm at 1851 W. Church Road, Beecher, Illinois.
STAND states it is reaching out to individuals, groups, and elected officials to "help prevent this politically-driven project from becoming a reality."
The keynote speaker at the Footprint Harvest Fest will be Jon Stewart, the main organizer of the successful campaign to stop a 3rd runway at Heathrow Airport in London.
STAND members say they are fighting to stop the State of Illinois from using eminent domain to gain control of land in the footprint of the proposed Peotone Airport. Anthony Rudis--a 100 year old owner of property in the footprint--may be in attendance. Regarding the state's plan to use eminent domain to take his land, Rudis stated: "This land is not for sale, I do not want them on my property and I will do what I can to stop them. This is terribly upsetting. The FAA has not approved the project, and they have no business moving forward, wasting taxpayers' money."
Members of STAND recently created a "No Peotone Airport" Crop Circle:
Members of STAND then led a goat around the circle in an effort to transfer the Chicago Cubs Billy Goat Curse to the Peotone Airport: