Representatives of FAIR met with Mayor Emmanuel this morning to discuss the FAIR Coalition’s demand that the City respond to citizen complaints about noise and air pollution in Chicago’s north and northwest side neighborhoods and nearby suburbs caused by new runway construction and runway allocation at O’Hare Airport.
FAIR has been organizing citizens for nearly three years, and has been asking the Mayor to meet with coalition representatives for almost as long. After submitting 23 meeting requests, the politically-wounded Mayor finally agreed to discuss FAIR’s concerns in a meeting scheduled for this morning. FAIR’s leaders have pointed out that O’Hare is run by the City and the Mayor is the final decision-maker when it comes to runway construction and demolition.
The issue of the diagonal runways remains on the table. The Mayor recently announced that the City will finance a new runway (9C – 27C) that will increase flyovers on the north side in the areas between Runways 9L – 27R (Pratt) and 9R – 27L (Thorndale). See map.
POWR (People of West Ridge) is a proud FAIR Coalition member.