Rep. Winger joins colleagues in calling for action on O’Hare noise, diagonal runways

State Representative Christine Winger joined colleagues today at a press conference in Chicago to address adverse noise from O’Hare airport. Officials spoke about the need to provide relief for residents who are experiencing excruciating noise levels from aircraft departures and low landing approaches at O’Hare.

The Illinois General Assembly is currently considering legislation co-sponsored by Winger that will ensure all remedies for reducing noise at O’Hare Airport are on the table for discussion. Together SB636 and SB637 would allow for future consideration of runway options that could reduce noise for the more than one million people who live in the shadow of O’Hare airport.

Senate Bill 636 ensures that two of O’Hare’s diagonal runways remain operational by increasing the number of runways O’Hare is permitted to operate from 8 to 10. Without this legislation, O’Hare would be required to decommission all of its diagonal runways.

Senate Bill 637 prohibits the existing diagonal runways from being decommissioned. Decommissioning of the diagonal runways is scheduled to begin later this year.

“There is still much to be decided about how to proceed with noise relief,” explains Winger. “The Suburban O’Hare Commission has recently hired experts to help determine the best course of action. I want to make sure they have all possible options available to them – including the use of diagonal runways.”

Rep. Winger is working with other legislators to make sure conversations about the negative impact of O’Hare noise are had, heard and acted upon.

SB636 and SB637 passed the Senate and are scheduled to be heard in committee on Wednesday, May 6.

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