Neighborhoods impacted by new O’Hare runway qualify for tax credit under Winger proposal

State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) has introduced new legislation that would provide an income tax credit for taxpayers who purchase sound-mitigating windows, doors, insulation and other items to alleviate excessive noise from O’Hare’s new runway patterns.

In October of this year, thousands of new households will be blasted with house-rattling, conversation-halting, sleep-depriving jet engine noise they will endure when aircraft begin flying less than a mile over their rooftops. In spite of the new flight patterns for takeoffs and landings at O’Hare, these residents do not qualify for federal grants to assist with soundproofing projects. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who set the parameters for access to the grant money, excluded this new group of property owners, saying that as long as the airport expansion progresses as planned, their exposure to excessive noise would only last six years. According to the FAA, that is when another new runway is scheduled to be operational.

“The FFA seems to think that six years is an acceptable amount of time for these families to endure deafening noise,” said Winger. “I find it unacceptable and hope my legislation will provide some relief.”

HB 4273 would help Illinois families offset the cost of soundproofing their homes through the creation of an income tax credit for residents impacted by aircraft noise who purchase and install soundproofing materials.  The credit would be equal to the amount paid for qualified materials and services, and could be carried over for up to five years after the expenses were incurred.

“For many people, the cost of installing new doors, windows and other soundproofing measures is out of reach,” explained Winger. “It is my hope that this income tax credit will provide the financial help these families need to mitigate excessive noise and protect their families from possible ill effects and reduced quality of life.”

It is Winger’s goal to have the legislation considered during the extended summer session.

Rep. Winger serves the 45th District that includes part or all of Addison, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, Itasca, Medinah, Roselle, Wayne, West Chicago and Wood Dale.