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Gary Council president urges opposition to Senate bill

Updated: May 4, 2013 6:22AM



GARY — Common Council President Kyle Allen on Tuesday night renewed his plea for residents to put pressure on the Northwest Indiana’s legislative delegation to reject the airport section of Senate Bill 585.

Allen reminded those attending the council meeting that the bill would give the governor the ability to restructure the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority by ending current members’ terms and appointing people who have at least five years’ experience in business or management.

If the bill passes, Gary’s airport would be the only municipal airport in the state under the governor’s control, which Allen said would set “a bad precedent.”

“Given the current airport structure that gives the governor an appointee and given that the governor appoints the director for the (Regional Development Authority), enough is enough,” Allen said.

“No other airport has (that type of regulation).”

Councilman Roy Pratt, D-At-Large, said Gov. Mike Pence and “his people” could waste their time on the bill if they want, but the courts ultimately would find their effort meaningless.

In other business, Councilwoman Marilyn Krusas’ absence from the meeting didn’t necessarily indicate her resignation from the council. Allen said she sent him an email prior to the meeting, saying she would not be attending, but it didn’t say anything further.

Krusas plans to plead guilty April 18 to income tax evasion and faces up to five years in prison. Because state law requires that her council seat be vacated upon a guilty plea, a caucus will be held within 30 days of the seat becoming open.



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