FAiR’s SAVE THE DIAGONALS CAMPAIGN!!
read about it HERE
Call To Action
Our Coalition’s victory this week with the passage of legislation in the IL State Senate was a great success. Well done citizens of our proud movement!
Now, onto the next step so our efforts are not short lived – we must secure the passage of the Senate legislation in the IL House. The legislation (two pieces of legislation to be exact, Senate Bill (SB) 636 and SB 637) will allow up to ten operational runways at O’Hare and will prohibit the demolition of the diagonals. These two pieces of legislation are currently in the IL House Rules Committee (having been put there after passage in the IL Senate), where they could easily die (legislative death = not being allowed to move out of the Rules Committee). Our collective voice and our action is ESSENTIAL RIGHT NOW.
FAiR asks that all members make two phone calls AND send two emails (phone calls pack more punch and yet both a phone call and email are needed now) to your state representative. When you call, ask to speak directly with your state representative in Springfield. If they are not available, leave a message stating exactly what you want. Because this is so time-sensitive, we ask that you do this by Wednesday 4/22.
The IL House is currently in session so call the Springfield numbers.
To read a brief synopsis of the legislation before you call, click on the two links below. They will take you to the IL General Assembly website and directly to the legislation.
Phone and email #1 – Due Wednesday, 4/22
Contact Barbara Flynn Currie, House Majority Leader and Chairwoman of the Rules Committee
Springfield number: (217) 782-8121
Chicago number (773)-667-0550
- Ask that SB 636 and SB 637 be immediately moved out of the Rules Committee and assigned to the appropriate House committee.
- Stress that this is urgent as the legislation needs to pass before one of the diagonals closes in August and a new runway opens up in October.
- Follow up with an email that includes the FAiR Coalition Save the Diagonals flyer (attached to this email – an updated PDF version of the flyer specifically for this effort – the JPG version of the flyer is for social media posting only). Adding a short personal note makes your email even more powerful.
Phone call and email #2 – Due Wednesday, 4/22
Contact your state representative. You can find their contact information at this website. (All they ask is your zip code and sometimes your address if the district is split over two zip codes.)
- Request that your representative co-sponsor SB 636 and SB 637
- Stress that this is urgent as the legislation needs to pass before one of the diagonals closes in August and the new runway opens up in October.
- Tell them the effect that the new flight paths have had on your life.
- Follow up with an email to your State Representative that includes the FAiR Coalition Save the Diagonals flyer (an updated PDF version of the flyer specifically for this effort – the JPG version of the flyer is for social media posting only). Adding a short personal note and stating you are a constituent makes your email even more powerful.
We need each and every person affiliated with FAiR to make these phone calls and send emails by Wednesday, 4/22.
Ask your friends and neighbors who may not be FAiR members to do this too.
Our legislators need to hear from ALL of us. We have come so far already–now we need to push even harder!
Thank you for doing your duty as a citizen.
More to come as this unfolds. Go FAiR!
FAiR’s NEW 1-CLICK NOISE COMPLAINT APP IS HERE!!!
File your noise complaints to Chicago’s 311 site quickly and efficiently with our new app! Works great from your computer, tablet or mobile phone!
See a detailed instruction video on how to use the app HERE.
Read our press release HERE.
Would you like to get more involved with FAiR? Consider joining one of our teams!
Click on “CONTACT US” or “JOIN FAiR” to see a list of teams. Get involved!
We are currently looking for a team leader on the Legal/Legislative team and members for the NEW Health Concerns team.
FAiR Merchandise is HERE!!
Clothing (and other items) with artwork by children to raise awareness of FAiR and the issues of increased noise and air pollution surrounding Chicago airports.
NOTE: These products are sold through the hard work of FAIR Coalition volunteers. FAiR does not provide nor receive funds from the products. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!
Below are the artwork designs you may choose from on T-shirts, hoodies, Jackets, bags, etc.
Check out FAiR’s new anthem!!
Yard signs are in! Contact us to order yours today!
Who are we?
Increase in O’Hare airplane noise and pollution and you, the citizen
We invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago’s NW side and near NW suburbs.
What is FAiR about?
FAiR seeks a real voice at O’Hare to secure an equitable distribution of takeoffs and landings, day and night, east and west, and using all existing runways including the diagonals. FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.
What does FAiR believe?
It is our Coalition’s experience that citizens and civic organizations concerned about the severe impact on our communities from increased noise and air pollution occurring as a result of the new October 2013 runway configurations have not had a real seat at the table in the development and implementation of how O’Hare takeoff and landing patterns were designed. FAiR supports the economic engine that is O’Hare, but we believe that as our neighbor, the airport must work with the community to determine when and where those engines fly over our homes, yards, schools, parks and businesses. FAiR’s desire is to obtain acceptable solutions to community concerns as well as future plans so they do not become an issue. To date, that conversation with communities has been non-existent, with the unfortunate viewpoint given that the communities will simply have to live with the consequences resulting from October 2013 and O’Hare Modernization Plan (OMP) changes yet to come. The FAiR Coalition seeks to replace that antiquated institutional practice so common in Chicago and Cook County with a democratic approach involving a modern assessment of the risks and rewards for both O’Hare AND our communities. FAiR’s goal is a better future founded upon a real voice for communities and solutions arising out of collaboration between the citizenry and our government. Solutions to these types of challenges are not solely technical in nature but are more importantly democratic in substance.
What can you do?
As a neighbor, resident and fellow citizen, We ask you to Join FAiR. Then…
- Sign our online petition
- Report noise complaints
- Contact your elected officials
- Like us on Facebook
- Put up a FAiR yard sign
- Tell your neighbors about how our democracy has been imperiled
- Become active with FAiR in your community
All of this can be done via this website, click on the buttons to your right or contact us for more information.