McAuliffe's Message - O'Hare Noise Update

Last week, several of my colleagues and I introduced a legislative package aimed at providing relief for the millions of residents negatively impacted by O’Hare noise. Components of these bills urge the Chicago Department of Aviation to include noise relief as part of the negotiations in any talks regarding O’Hare expansion. We are seeking to prioritize the health and well-being of our neighbors who have witnessed a decline in the quality of living for their families.

These series of proposals include:

HJR 128 - Urging Chicago Airport officials to use latest technology to measure noise and compliance of airlines to Fly Quiet protocols. Also, urges the consideration of Fly Quiet compliance in the allocation of departure gates and support facilities. Calls for a measurable improvement in Fly Quiet compliance by January 1, 2017.

HR 960 - Calling upon the Federal Aviation Administration to assist the City of Chicago in the implementation of the provisions of SB636 and to use new CNEL data to promptly redraw contour maps as new airport noise data is submitted. (Senator Murphy will be introducing the Senate version.)

HB 5917 - Creating an income tax credit for the purchase of soundproofing materials for eligible homeowners.

HB 5040 - Requiring the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study on the environmental and human health impact of runways and air traffic at O’Hare Airport.

HR 1023 - Urging the Chicago Department of Aviation to adopt the Suburban O’Hare Commission Recommendations for Fly Quiet enhancements. (Senator Murphy will be introducing the Senate version.)

I am happy to sponsor these bills and will continue to call upon my fellow legislators to work in collaboration to ensure that residents who have been affected by the noise are compensated in some manner.

As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact my office at 773-444-0611 or mmcauliffe20@yahoo.com