Updated: January 31, 2013 8:53PM
GARY — The Northwest Indiana Federation is holding a community meeting Saturday to rally opposition to a state Senate bill that would cost the city majority control of the Gary/Chicago Airport Authority board.
The meeting is at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 1276 W. 20th Ave.
Sponsored by Valparaiso Republican Sen. Ed Charbonneau, the bill also would allow a land-based casino in Gary and studies in motion for a second port on Lake Michigan and for a trauma center, both in Gary.
Emmett Mosley, of the Federation, said the group objects to the airport board provision, not the land-based casino.
“The state should not have the authority to override home rule,” Mosley said. “Indianapolis runs its own airport.”
Charbonneau’s bill would expand the airport board’s members to 11. The mayor of Gary would have four appointments, Lake and Porter counties would each have one and the governor would have five. In addition, the bill requires one of the governor’s appointees to serve as chairman and it requires the chair’s support to approve contracts, loans and property purchases.