Even though nothing has been approved for a third airport in Chicago, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. had an unofficial, and symbolic ground breaking ceremony in south suburban Peotone.
"Together we can and we will strengthen our common economic destiny," Jackson said to ABC 7 News Chicago.
The event also had about 200 protesters.
"To run the AG economy out of here for no reason just doesn't make sense," said farmer Robert Ogalla to ABC 7 News Chicago.
The project is supported by Governor Pat Quinn. Both United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek and Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel say there is no demand for a third airport in Chicago. This project would hurt the growth at O'Hare, they said to ABC 7 News Chicago.
According to ABC 7 News Chicago, Jackson says the airport would be funded privately by Canadian developer SNC-Lavalin. SNC-Lavalin has been under fire after being in connection with Moammar Gadhafi's son.