O’Hare Must Be A Good Neighbor

O’Hare Must Be A Good Neighbor

I am extremely disappointed that the Federal Aviation Administration has decided to ignore pleas from three members of Congress, dozens of aldermen and suburban elected officials, and thousands of resident to complete a new environmental impact study on the impacts of the O’Hare Modernization Plan.
The O’Hare Modernization Plan, which was first proposed over a decade ago, was approved at the local, state and federal level. However, it appears that residents did not have the correct data to judge the impact of the plan. Additionally, none of the public meetings were located in areas impacted by the changes.

Despite this, the FAA Administrator has the audacity to call the process “one of the most comprehensive” ever conducted. I could not disagree more. Any process that seems designed to shut out public input is not legitimate.

I will continue to support the efforts of U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Tammy Duckworth, and Jan Schakowsky to bring about new FAA hearings into the our aircraft noise issues and the modernization plan.

In the mean time, I attend every O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission(ONCC) meeting and support the commission working toward solutions such as an expansion of the ‘fly quiet’ program by the Chicago Department of Aviation, more noise monitors on the far Northwest Side, 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. I strongly encourage you to log your aircraft noise concerns and complaints through the city’s website.

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

 

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