“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead

Dear FAiR members and supporters,

As many of you have learned this weekend, Mayor Emanuel has reached a deal to build the 6th runway at O’Hare. Instead of addressing the current noise and pollution crisis, a deal was made that would result in more devastating effects, worsening the situation by bringing more noise and pollution to those areas already hit hard.  This crisis and our voices are being ignored by the Mayor who expects us to just live with this as the new normal.

What can we do?
Is this new runway a done deal?
The answer is no. IT IS NOT!

There is still a big chunk of federal money that needs to be added to the pot in order for this to go through. That is where our Congressional Representatives come in.

Call and email your Representative TODAY!  Let them know that the OMP, which has devastated the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people living under the flight paths, will only sacrifice more neighborhoods and the health and well being of more citizens with this new runway. Tell them that if they truly stand with FAiR – the ACTUAL voice of the people – then they must boldly oppose this new runway and block the funding.  Their offices need to be flooded with phone calls and emails.

This action needs to happen NOW…this week…today. We await a public statement from these elected officials who are accountable to us, the constituents.

Cong. Mike Quigley  (202) 225-4061 or (773) 267-5926

Cong. Jan Schakowsky – 202-225-2111 or (847) 328-3409

Cong. Tammy Duckworth -  202-225-3711 or (847) 413-1959

Here is the press release with FAiR’s response to the announcement of the proposed deal for the 6th runway.

Thank you for your immediate action!



Save Our Neighborhoods by Saving the Diagonals: OMP Must Include Options for More People

Dear FAiR Members and Supporters,

If you are receiving this message, you and your loved ones have been given exclusive lifetime membership into a club you never wanted or intended to join – the “O’Hare Noise & Carcinogenic Club” (aka our very own ONCC).

Much like the Hotel California, “you can check out any time you want, but you can’t never leave”…unless you literally sell the home you love, pack up and move.

We used to enjoy our neighborhoods, backyards, open windows in the summer and a full night’s sleep. That ended in 2013 for many of us with new E/W runway configurations.  In October 2015 it suddenly began for those impacted by the newest runway 10R-28L.  The misery will continue for even more people if that last runway 9C-27C gets built.  Last Friday, the Mayor suddenly announced plans to begin financing a new runway, smack in the middle between 9L-27R (Pratt) and 9R-27L (Thorndale) and lined up along Glenlake/Granville Avenue on the east and just south of Devon on the west. (see attached ORD Runways image for layouts)

The Mayor and the Dept. of Aviation have indicated the decommissioning and demolition of diagonal runway 32R-14L will begin April 2016. Many of us remember Mayor Daley’s illegal, late night destruction of Meigs Field in March 2003. None of us wants to wake up to news of bulldozers on runway 32R-14L.  If either or both diagonal runways are decommissioned or bulldozed its game over for citizens living on, under or near these new runway configurations.

Let me repeat that:  G-A-M-E O-V-E-R.  There will be no options available for relief from the noise and pollution.  Zero, zilch, zip, nada, none.

What can you do? I’m glad you asked!  Leadership has created an online petition for you to sign and share.  This petition demands a moratorium on the construction of any future runways and a halt to the planned demolition of diagonal runway 32R-14L.  Our goal is to obtain 100,000  signatures.  Lofty? A stretch? Absolutely.  However, as the attached resident maps show, there are at least 391,567 people affected by the noise and pollution of O’Hare.  If we want any chance of normal life, we MUST have a massive response to get our elected officials’ attention and action.  This is our David vs Goliath fight… (SPOILER ALERT: David won and so can we if we ban together!)

I understand it’s a hardship to take off work, find a babysitter or caregiver to attend meetings or protests.  Truly.  I’m self-employed (working from home, exposed to noise day and night) and if I’m not working, I’m not eating. Signing, posting and passing this petition is an easy ask – no travel or time-off required. Just internet access.

I’m asking, begging, and beseeching you to sign and then share this petition. Sign it, then post this link http://chn.ge/1RIeJMU on any and all social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, EveryBlock, NextDoor, your blog…whatever you use. Then ask your neighbors, friends, colleagues, and relatives to sign and post it!

The clock is ticking.  We have set a deadline of February 282016 for signatures.  We will then take these signatures and hand deliver them to Mayor Emmanuel, Governor Rauner, as well as our local, city, state and federal elected officials.


It would seem Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports our solution to O’Hare noise.
Keep the pressure on and let’s see this happen in 2016! Thanks to FAiR leader Al Rapp for putting this Vine video clip together.


Fly Quiet Cannot Exist Without All Diagonal Runways

FAiR presented at the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission Fly Quiet Ad-Hoc Committee on November 16, 2015. Read our presentation and meeting notes which drive home that “Fly Quiet” cannot exist without the diagonals. The Department of Aviation’s presentation is here.

We’re not alone in our thinking; this aviation consulting firm agrees in their documents that the diagonals should be retained and used more often.


July 31, 2015


Emily Hampsten (202) 225-4061

Quigley, Duckworth, Schakowsky Statement on CDA Plans to Mitigate O’Hare Noise

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a leader of the Quiet Skies Caucusalong with Reps. Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) released the following statement in response to the list of steps the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will be taking to address the noise issue at O’Hare:

“Today’s announcement by the CDA has been a long time coming, as our constituents around O’Hare Airport have been dealing with increased noise issues since the east-west flow was implemented nearly two years ago. We have been calling for many of the noise mitigation techniques that CDA announced today including implementing a new Fly Quiet plan for more even distribution of flight paths, changes to the 311 complaint system, and a plan for increased community engagement by CDA. We commend Commissioner Evans for taking our concerns seriously and for showing a willingness to consider reasonable options to address O’Hare noise issues and moving swiftly to implement real change.

“However, we are not convinced at this time that building new runways, while simultaneously decommissioning the diagonal runways, will help reduce noise in our communities and ensure O’Hare remains a competitive airport. We believe the diagonal runways remain necessary for efficiency, safety and noise abatement. Leaving the diagonal runways open would allow us to maintain the most potential options to configure the airport and help distribute the noise burden.

“We trust that CDA wants what’s best for Chicago and O’Hare, and we look forward to a continued dialogue on this issue. We will stress at every opportunity that sensible noise abatement does not preclude a vibrant O’Hare, and that we owe it to our constituents to explore every reasonable option.”

The complete Chicago Department of Aviation analysis can be found at: http://www.flychicago.com/business/en/media/news/Pages/MOU_Meeting3.aspx



The meeting packets we produced for the FAiR community conversations can be found here:

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Review the MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING with the City of Chicago and the members of the 99th General Assembly 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


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.

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this design also available as a CAR MAGNET


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.