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The committee tasked with reviewing proposals for keeping the skies above O’Hare International Airport quieter by rotating traffic in overnight hours has voted, nearly unanimously, to forward a third test schedule to the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.

ONCC is expected to vote on June 3 on whether to activate the test.

The first test, run for 25 weeks in the second half of 2016, was designed to see whether noise relief would be possible by alternating arrival and departure runways for overnight traffic. This meant different communities had predictable noise at night but no one had it every night.
The first test ended in December, but was popular enough to prompt a second rotation, with some tweaks, which started as a 12-week test at the end of April.

Some ONCC speakers have argued that there should be a delay, between activating new tests, for receiving public comment.



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State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe welcomed Robert Okazaki and his team from Avenues to Independence, in Park Ridge, to the Capitol. Avenues to Independence is an organization dedicated to providing homes, jobs and community living programs for adults with developmental disabilities. 


State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe introduced House Resolution 184, which was adopted unanimously by the House of Representatives. The Resolution encourages State of Illinois elected officials and those who are elected to represent state universities to play the state song at official events. The state song, entitled “Illinois”, was adopted as the official song in 1925.

(Pictured: State Representative McAuliffe, along with colleague Representative Bryant, pose with 20th District resident and inspiration behind HR 184, Stan Banash.)

May 8th through May 12th is Teacher Appreciation Week! Be sure to thank a teacher for all their hard work!