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While the Fly Quiet program continues to be on track for O’Hare Airport, the test rotation schedule for night time traffic is about to go away for a bit.

The current three-month test, known as Test 3, started in mid-July, immediately after the conclusion of a three-month Test 2 (April to July). Test 3 will end in mid-October.

Unless a more permanent rotation plan is introduced later, predictability is what will be missing.

Between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., the airport designates one arrival runway and one for departures. Normally, there is no public warning which runways will carry the traffic over which communities.

An ad hoc committee of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission and the Chicago Dept. of Aviation were given unprecedented opportunities more than a year ago to suggest to the Federal Aviation Administration ways to rotate the overnight traffic so communities under the flight tracks could have predictable, quieter weeks to sleep.

While relief has occurred, especially in Test 1, from July to December 2016, the elephant in the room is the guaranteed decommissioning of Runway 15-33 (northwest and southeast) next spring.

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State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe participates in the ribbon-cutting for Raising Canes, a chicken fingers restaurant, in Harwood Heights.
State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe attends the grand opening of two new bocce ball courts at Norwood Park in the 41st Ward of Chicago. Pictured with State Representative McAuliffe are (L-R) 41st Ward Alderman Anthony Napolitano and Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri.
Equifax, an Atlanta based credit-rating agency, suffered a security breach on July 29th that exposed sensitive information of millions of Americans. Such information included social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, and addresses. It has been determined that 5.4 million Illinois residents have been affected by the breach.

The company has set up a website where you can check if your personal information was affected by the breach:

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has opened an investigation into the recent security breach, and called on Equifax to provide free credit freezes to all Illinois residents in the wake of the breach. She urges Illinois residents to take the Equifax breach seriously and take steps to protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft:

· Seriously consider placing a credit freeze on your credit reports with all 3 consumer reporting agencies: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax;

· Regularly request your free credit reports, inspect them closely, and promptly dispute any unauthorized accounts;

· Inspect all financial account statements closely and promptly dispute any unauthorized charges;

· Consider placing alerts on your financial accounts so your financial institution alerts you when money above a pre-designated amount is withdrawn;

· Beware of potential phishing emails; don't open any email messages or attachments from unknown senders and do not click on any unknown links. Fraudsters will frequently send coercive and misleading emails threatening account suspension or worse if sensitive information is not provided. Remember, businesses will never ask customers to verify account information via email. If in doubt, contact the business in question directly for verification and to report phishing emails; and

· Be on the lookout for spoofed email addresses. Spoofed email addresses are those that make minor changes in the domain name, frequently changing the letter O to the number zero, or the lowercase letter l to the number one. Scrutinize all incoming email addresses to ensure that the sender is truly legitimate.

With questions on the data breach, you can contact Equifax at 866-447-7559, or the Illinois Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1 (866) 999-5630.

This week, the Cook County Board of Commissioners are set to take action on an ordinance to repeal the controversial Sweetened Beverage Tax. The tax has been met with an overwhelmingly negative reception and there has been much public backlash.

In the event that the ordinance does not pass at the Board Meeting, State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) is prepared to continue to push the passage of House Bill 4082 which will immediately repeal the tax.

McAuliffe said in anticipation of the vote:

"Enough is enough. The people of Cook County were once again subjected to a non-vetted tax that will only hurt them and business owners alike. If the ordinance is not permanently repealed this week, I will pursue the passage of my bill at the state level that will immediately repeal the unfair tax."

Rep. McAuliffe filed House Bill 4082 on August 15th and introduced the measure to the public during a press conference that same day. At this time, the bill is awaiting a hearing in the House Revenue and Finance Committee.

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State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) applauds the signing of the landmark education funding plan and explains how it will impact students from all over the state. McAuliffe hosted the bill signing ceremony in the 20th District at Ebinger Elementary School.
State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) addresses attendees at the bill signing ceremony for the education funding plan. The event was held in the 20th District at Ebinger Elementary School
in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago.