MAYOR EMANUEL ANNOUNCES FAA AGREES TO HOLD MORE PUBLIC MEETINGS WITH RESIDENTS ABOUT O’HARE RUNWAY
Following a meeting with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in Washington, DC today, Mayor Emanuel announced that after sharing the concerns of Chicagoans the FAA has agreed to increase the number of public meetings that will be held prior to the opening of a new O’Hare runway in October from two meetings to four.
“The residents who live near O’Hare deserve every opportunity to share their thoughts and views about O’Hare with federal officials, and I’m glad the FAA has agreed to hold more public meetings,” said Mayor Emanuel. “As a former colleague, I know Michael Huerta takes public feedback very seriously and he was quick to make this change when I brought the issue to him. This is a challenging issue, and we need all voices at the table as we work together to ensure O’Hare remains an economic engine for our city, while being a good neighbor to those who live nearby.”
Under Mayor Emanuel, the city has taken a number of steps to address this issue. The City will spend approximately $120 million insulating 4,700 residences over the next 3-5 years, in addition to spending nearly $700 million in the communities neighboring both airports. More noise monitors will also be added, allowing the City to take better data to the FAA to address this issue.