More on Jackson and Blagojevich

Apparently the June 2006 meeting shouldn’t have been surprising to Jackson since:

Finally, Jackson said he spoke with Gov,. Blagojevich today, during which time the Governor proposed creating a gubernatorial-appointed commission to oversee development of the airport. Jackson said he rejected the concept, noting that the two private development firms who are willing to finance the project are under an exclusive contract with ALNAC.

“The State brings $75 million worth of land. ALNAC and its developers bring $200 million to finance construction of the airport. The airport commission should reflect the interests of both the State and ALNAC,” Jackson said. “ALNAC has agreed to give the governor four appointments on its nine-member board. That seems fair and equitable.”

This was before the 5th slot was given to the Governor a few months later according to the ALNAC proposal.

You might think listening to Jackson and reading Bryant that it was out of nowhere that a commission with Gubernatorial appointments were brought up.  Actually, Jackson had proposed it and had been negotiating with the Governor for months before a Rezko meeting took place…

2 thoughts on “More on Jackson and Blagojevich

  1. What are you reading?

    From your link…

    Blagojevich suggested a new airport governing board of 10 members — five appointees from his office and five members from Jackson’s Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission.

    … but the idea was shot down by U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Blagojevich suggested a new airport governing board of 10 members — five appointees from his office and five members from Jackson’s Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission.

    Jackson (D-2nd), of Chicago, turned down the offer, partly because a panel of 10 could stall progress on the planned airport if there are tie votes.

    He instead sent the governor a seven-page intergovernmental agreement to make his nine-member commission a partner on the airport with the Illinois Department of Transportation. ”

    Please tell us where your own link gives us those quotes.

  2. “The State brings $75 million worth of land. ALNAC and its developers bring $200 million to finance construction of the airport. The airport commission should reflect the interests of both the State and ALNAC,” Jackson said. “ALNAC has agreed to give the governor four appointments on its nine-member board. That seems fair and equitable.”

    The software didn’t indent, but if you read that it’s pretty clearly in what I quoted.

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