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O’Hare neighbors brace for new noise

Neighbors of O’Hare Airport aren’t getting any help in their fight to stop O’Hare from changing its landing pattern.

When a new runway opens October 17, almost all flights will take off and land from east to west and back; currently, they follow a diagonal pattern. It’s the latest phase in the modernization plan and according to Karen Pride of the Chicago department of Aviation, it will improve capacity and efficiency.

“It’s going to also assist in decreasing delays because we’ll be using this runway in most weather conditions so it’s going to improve the on-time arrivals for the airport,” Pride said.

The new configuration will mean a lot more jet noise for O’Hare neighbors to the east and east, less noise to the north and south. A spokesperson for O’Hare airport says they will continue to have airlines advocate for quieter engines to make the noise less impactful for residents.

Critics protested Tuesday over what they consider a lack of community input about the new landing pattern. Nunzio Pulice, Mayor of Wood Dale, said he’s already met with joint meetings with neighboring communities to try and come up with a solution for the problem.

“The runways are going to open we have no control over that,” Pulice said. “But we do want to sit down with our congressman to get some of the planes turned over the industrial parks where we really don’t have residents sleeping there.”

But Congressman Mike Quigley said Thursday, he supports the airport expansion because it will be good for the area’s economy.


9 Comments to “O’Hare neighbors brace for new noise”

    Hal said:
    September 6, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    That noise means jobs.

    keeping real said:
    September 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    and why buy a house next to airport, it like buy a home next to landfill!!??

    Todd said:
    September 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    It would be weird if they were not landing and departing planes at an airport, wouldn’t it?

    bubba said:
    September 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    You bought the house and knew that the airport was close by.Quit complaining.

    Ali said:
    September 6, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    ear plugs 24/7

    Jas Bo said:
    September 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Bring on the noise

    CJR said:
    October 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Whaaa….suck it up. I grew up with this noise. No one cared when Chicago bought up and destroyed half of my town for the airport expansion. Now they want us to feel sorry for them for the noise. Well T.S.!

    Irene said:
    November 6, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    People bought their houses prior to the expansion. No one expected this to turn into a no stop noise maker. For those with air antennas..when was the last time you watched something without losing the signals. There are time it feels like we're at war.
    For those in Bensenville..people in Chicago cared..and we had as much clout as you did.

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