Chicago, IL … Today State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) joined area elected officials to address the swelling concerns being generated by the drastic increase to noise pollution affecting the City of Chicago and suburbs surrounding O’Hare International Airport. At a press conference held at the Cook County Building, Senate Bills 636 and 637 (SB 636 & SB 637) were held in the spotlight. These partner bills would work in tandem to ensure that the diagonal runways are not decommissioned and would then increase the allotment of active runways from eight to ten. Both of these measures are in response to the O’Hare Modernization Program that would eliminate the diagonal runways which, when in use, generate the least amount of noise during departures and arrivals.
McAuliffe, who is the House sponsor on both pieces of legislation, has been working steadfastly since last summer to advocate on behalf of his constituents affected by the noise and air pollution produced by the realignment of these runways:
“Since 2013, there has been a growing number of airplanes flying over the communities surrounding the airport. Many of these residents were kept in the dark as to the plans of the O’Hare Modernization Program and the realignment of runways,” explained Rep. McAuliffe. “I am confident that Senate Bills 636 and 637 are two big steps in the right direction. Through a collaborative effort, we can work towards a solution that helps alleviate the noise for area residents but also allow the airport to continue to operate as an economic engine for Chicagoland.”
Both SB 636 and SB 637 passed the Senate on April 16th and are now in the House Transportation Committee. If advanced from committee, there will be a full vote by the House of Representatives.