FAA Announces Public Meetings on O’Hare Noise

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.”
Each public meeting will take place from 1:00-9:00 pm. They are scheduled at the following locations:

· August 10: White Eagle Banquets, 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles

· August 11: Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago

· August 12: Monty’s Banquets, 703 S. York Rd., Bensenville

· August 13: Belvedere Banquets, 1170 W. Devon Ave. Elk Grove Village

During the end of spring legislative session this past May, the Illinois House of Representative adopted HJR 83 which urged the FAA to hold a series of meetings with the O’Hare Noise advocacy group FAiR. McAuliffe is a chief co-sponsor of the Resolution. “We adopted the Resolution this spring with the expectation that the FAA would work in collaboration with members of the General Assembly in giving our constituents a forum to speak directly with aviation officials,” continued McAuliffe. “The FAA has since held their first of three meetings with FAiR and will now begin meeting with the public. These are steps in a positive direction and now everyone involved has a seat at the table.”