Bi-Partisan Effort Addresses Challenges Facing Areas Around O'Hare

State Rep. Christine Winger (R-45th) of Wood Dale, whose constituents are in the suburbs immediately west of the airport, was joined at the James Thompson Center by State Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-20th), State Sen. John Mulroe (D-10th), both of Chicago’s Northwest Side, and State Sen. Laura Murphy (D-28) of Des Plaines.

“We are committed to working together to find solutions,” said Winger. “Our constituents deserve no less.”

She is responsible for introducing four of the five legislative efforts.

The shift of air traffic around the airport to a primarily east-west series of runways, through the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP), has placed increasing noise burdens on communities in their districts. Not all of the areas impacted have been promised any airport-funded soundproofing.
“Every day I hear from my constituents about the difficulty of living near O’Hare because of recent moves being made beyond their control,” McAuliffe said. “We’re calling on our friends in the legislature to help us fight on their behalf.”

The group has been working with legislators of other noise-impacted districts for nearly a year to develop legislative strategies to help meet their goals. Read the story by Anne Lunde in Journal &Topics.

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