A federal judge on Monday denied Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s last-ditch attempt to block the removal of the 183rd Fighter Wing’s planes from Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.Although the Chicago-centric governor’s actions in trying to prevent the move should certainly be appreciated by the city that he allegedly hates and that definitely hates him, I’ve always thought it was kind of a waste of time. And probably a waste of money, although I don’t think it could have been much.
The first of the 15 jets is slated to leave Springfield today, with half scheduled for removal by the end of June. All of them are supposed to be moved by the end of September.
Just this weekend I was in my back yard and looked up to see a couple of the 183rd F-16s taking off. I thought to myself that might be one of the last times I see that. Man, I can remember being a young kid in the 1960s playing in a neighbor’s sandbox and being able to hear the roar of the jets from the 183rd. I’m not even sure what jets they were flying then. They’ve always been here. Just not anymore.