Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed into law a bill that will help bring relief to thousands of Illinoisans who are enduring excessive noise pollution generated by low-flying planes near O’Hare Airport.

SB636, now Public Act 99-0202, permits O’Hare Airport to increase the number of operational runways from eight to ten, which will provide for the use of four diagonal runways that produce less noise over surrounding communities. “When O’Hare realigned their runways in 2013, homeowners who were previously only minimally affected suddenly had to deal with rattling windows and extremely excessive noise any time a plane flew overhead,” said State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), a Chief Co-Sponsor of the bill in the House of Representatives. “This new law allows for the use of six parallel and four diagonal runways at the same time. The use of the diagonal runways produces significantly less noise pollution over nearby neighborhoods.”

In addition to allowing for an increase in the number of operational runways, the new law also seeks a more effective method for measuring loud airplane noise at night. “This measurement tool, the Community Equivalent Noise Level (CENL), allows for the calculation of sound levels utilizing a weighted numeric scale that takes into account loud noise in the evenings and overnight, and the frequency of aircraft activity over people’s homes” McAuliffe said. “It should allow more families to qualify for federal financial assistance for soundproofing improvements at their homes.”

McAuliffe applauded the bipartisan work that led to the creation of PA 99-0202. “This is a quality-of-life issue for those living near O’Hare International Airport, and lawmakers were able to come together and advance a legislative remedy that should provide a lot of people with some real relief,” said McAuliffe. “The signing of this new law is not a full solution to the O’Hare noise issue, but it is certainly a very positive step that will mitigate some of the problems these people are experiencing.”
Springfield, IL … Today at noon, the Governor signed a much-needed, bipartisan measure to extend employment protections for individuals employed in Illinois but who are members of the National Guard of another state. Prior to today’s action, the term “military service” in state law applied strictly to Federal service or any duties conducted in Illinois under the direct orders of the President. House Bill 3721, now law, strengthens the re-employment protections for individuals who reside in another state but who hold a job within Illinois upon the completion of active duty service in the National Guard of their home state.

State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), a Chief Co-Sponsor was present at the bill signing and was happy to witness these strengthened employment protections enacted into law:

“I was proud to be a part of this afternoon’s signing of House Bill 3721. State law now protects the jobs of Illinois workers who are called to service by the National Guard of another state,” said McAuliffe. “No service member should fear whether their job will still be there for them when they return home from active duty. I continue to be encouraged by Illinois’ commitment to ensuring that members of every branch of military service have equal access to employment.”

McAuliffe is the current Republican Spokesperson for the House Veteran’s Committee and advocate for military personnel.
State Representative Michael McAuliffe would like to remind everyone that as temperatures approach 90 and 100 degrees, it is important to stay cool to avoid heat related illnesses. Even more so, he emphasizes the importance of checking-in with the elderly during these hot days to ensure that they are remaining cool and not suffering from the extensive heat.

Should you, a friend or loved need a place to seek relief from the scorching temperatures, please visit a local cooling center. There are 124 locations state-wide and are open from 8:30am - 5pm. To find the nearest cooling center location to your home, please click HERE.
Help the Park Ridge Park District celebrate 30 years of "Park & Recreation Month" by attending some fun, family-friend events being held through the month of July! 

Chicago, IL …State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) invites residents from the communities surrounding O’Hare International Airport to have their voices heard at one of four upcoming public meetings about proposed new runways and noise concerns in the areas near the airport.

The meetings, which the FAA describe as having a workshop and open house atmosphere, will provide residents with a chance to speak directly with aviation officials in order to receive direct answers to their questions and concerns about future runway plans.

McAuliffe is satisfied to have open meetings scheduled by officials of the FAA. “Residents of my district have had, for far too long, the increasingly unpleasant experience of living with the unacceptable loud noise created by the realignment of runways at O’Hare. The noise, which has exponentially increased in the past few years, is something that has affected the daily lives of my constituents,” explained McAuliffe. “I am hopeful about the outcome of these open house meetings, as residents living near the airport will at last be given the chance to speak directly with FAA officials. The location of two of the public meetings will be very convenient for residents of the 20th District, as the first meeting will be held at White Eagle Banquets followed by a second meeting at Taft High School the following day.”
Beginning July 1st, U.S. military veterans are now able to receive updated driver's licenses with a veteran designation displayed on the front of the card. Details on the new licenses can be found on the Illinois Secretary of State website.

Parole of Cop Killer Sends Wrong Message and Dishonors Police Officers

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Chicago, IL- State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) is calling for a public explanation by the Prisoner Review Board for their reasoning in granting parole in favor of convicted cop killer Joseph Bigsby. Last week the board made the unconscionable decision to grant early parole for a convicted cop killer.

The board voted to allow Joseph Bigsby an early release from prison with just under 40-percent of time-served after being convicted of the slaying of Chicago Police Officer Edward Barron in 1973. Bigsby was 16 years old when he delivered a fatal shot to the head to Officer Edward Barron. Barron and his partner were responding to a string of 911 calls reporting a series of gunpoint robberies on the south side of Chicago. Bigsby was later convicted of murder, three counts of attempted murder and two counts of armed robbery and sentenced to 200 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Barron was 36-years old and married with two children.

“This is a deplorable injustice to the memory of Officer Barron, his family, Chicago Police Officers and law enforcement throughout the nation,” stated Rep. McAuliffe. “There should be no question that there is a zero tolerance policy for retaliating against the brave men and women that risk their lives every day to serve and protect our communities.”
On Friday, the Park Ridge Park District along with the City of Park Ridge and High School District #207 will host the annual Independence Day fireworks show. The presentation, which is held at Maine East High School, is set to begin at approximately 9:20pm and will be preceded by various musical entertainment.

Always a fun-filled family event, make sure to arrive early to claim the perfect spot to enjoy the show!

Click here for the full details!