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Fran Spielman interviews Ray LaHood about 737 Max jet groundings, Elon Musk’s O’Hare Express project

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was interviewed by Fran Spielman Friday, March 15, 2019. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was interviewed by Fran Spielman Friday, March 15, 2019. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Republican Ray LaHood, the former Peoria congressman who served as transportation secretary during Barack Obama’s first term, said Chicago-based Boeing should have grounded its own fleet of 737 Max jets the moment Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed into a farm field about 40 miles from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 passengers and crew.

He also said that Elon Musk’s plan to build a “Tesla-in-a-tunnel” high-speed transit system between downtown and O’Hare Airport was a “pipe dream” from the get-go and it’s a good thing that project is dead.

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