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Evan Bayh

Gary/Chicago International Airport sputtered for decades, now poised for growth

Gary/Chicago International Airport sputtered for decades, now poised for growth

Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series chronicling the growing pains of the Gary/Chicago International Airport. Headwinds promising progress have swirled above the Gary/Chicago International Airport for decades since a pair of brothers began clearing swampy land along Industrial Highway for the airport in 1949. Throttled by local political dysfunction, state and regional indifference, and a series of short-lived commercial service attempts, the airport's economic engine has mostly sputtered. On Wednesday, all that baggage is being cast aside with the completion of the 1,900-feet, $174.1 million runway expansion project. It's been a long, circuitous...

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