Jet Noise – Working Toward a Solution

Many of you have noticed an increase in air traffic over or near your homes; I have as well.

My office has received hundreds of phone calls and emails regarding the new runways and any potential actions we may able to take in order to mitigate much of the noise pollution that is resulting.

As I’m sure you are already aware, this expansive project, a multi-billion dollar reorganization of O’Hare runways is nearing completion. The goal of this project is to make airport operations safer and more efficient by transitioning the airport from a series of intersecting runways to a parallel runway configuration. The O’Hare Modernization Plan, which was first proposed over a decade ago, was approved at the local, state and federal level.

Had I been your Alderman when this plan was first proposed, I would have used every resource available to my office to limit the impact on our community.

I, or a member of my staff, attend every O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) meeting and support the committee working toward solutions such as increased noise monitoring, an expansion of the ‘fly quiet’ program, continued work with the FAA and the Chicago Department of Aviation, and the inclusion of more residential homes in the O’Hare noise abatement program.

I will continue to strongly advocate for those solutions.

The ONCC monitors and tracks complaints made by residents within communities impacted by the airport and air traffic overhead. A 24/7 hotline has been established to log these complaints. I encourage you to use this hotline as a way to express any concerns and complaints you may have. The O’Hare Noise Hotline number is (800) 435-9569.

These calls will be used for future discussions with the ONCC, FAA, Chicago Department of Aviation and Congressman Mike Quigley. Please do not hesitate to contact my office should you have further questions regarding this issue

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