FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 Caucus, along 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
WAY TO GO, FAiR!!! WE NOW HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE!
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Review the MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING with the City of Chicago and the members of the 99th General Assembly HERE
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FAiR & City/Suburban Summer Festivals
Last summer, FAiR had tables at a few community summer festivals and it proved to be a success. It was both enjoyable for FAiR members manning the tables and for getting the word out on FAiR, as well as attracting new members to FAiR.
This summer, we hope to participate in even more community summer fests, in the city and the suburbs. If your city community or suburb is having a fest this summer, and you would like to help get the ball rolling on FAiR being a part of it, please contact email@example.com
These summer festivals are a great way to help keep FAiR growing stronger.
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.
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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.
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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
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- Put up a FAiR yard sign
- Tell your neighbors about how our democracy has been imperiled
- Become active with FAiR in your community
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