Posts tagged "Bensenville"

More problems for the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway

Seems the Illinois Toll Highway Authority wants to take a part of the Canadian Pacific’s Bensenville freight yards to build the planned southern portion of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway. The railroad has filed suit to prevent it from happening, arguing that it would hinder operations in the railroad’s huge and only yards in the Chicago area.... Read more »

Chicago again buggers Bensenville and its neighbors--O'Hare's disappearing western terminal

Chief among Chicago’s promises a decade ago when it laid out plans for O’Hare Airport expansion was a 50-gate terminal on the airport’s western edge. Northwest suburbs gradually dropped their opposition to the expansion as visions of an economic boom danced in their  heads, made possible by the western terminal and its access roads: The... Read more »

Chicago, airlines desperate to make O'Hare Airport expansion look, well, just okay

Chicago Tribune transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch has another revealing story today about a predicted (by opponents and aviation experts) failure of O’Hare Airport expansion: The length of time that it’ll take to get the airplanes to and from the gates. His opening sentence cleverly captures the situation: Tom Cablk was on one of American Airlines’ new nonstop... Read more »
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Another fine mess, brought to you by O'Hare Airport expansion

The Chicago Tribune reports on its front page:  A bridge for trains to pass over Irving Park Road in Bensenville has been billed as the answer to traffic gridlock at the bustling York Road intersection near O’Hare International Airport. With the project partially completed, the road reopened Sunday night to most vehicles, but because of... Read more »

Chicago and Rosemarie Andolino to O'Hare Airport noise complainers: Nuts to you

So, okay, suffering voters in communities hit hard by increased noise at O’Hare International Airport sent a loud message to Chicago and Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino. But will Chicago and Andolino hear it? Will they do anything? Do they care? No, no and no. As the Chicago Tribune’s transportation writer Jon Hilkevitch reported: Chicago and suburban... Read more »

The predicted unraveling of the expansion of O'Hare International Airport

The northwest suburbs that sold out to Chicago in exchange for the support of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s ill-conceived expansion of O’Hare International Airport are now paying the price on two fronts: A $3.4 billion new tollway (Elgin-O’Hare expressway) that was supposed to lead a new O’Hare western terminal and spur massive economic development in... Read more »
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Hey, Park Ridge, how do you like those O'Hare Airport jets now?

With the urging of precinct and patronage workers from Chicago that flooded into Park Ridge, voters in the northern suburb several years ago decided to drop out of the Suburban O’Hare Commission, a coalition of suburbs that opposed the expansion of O’Hare Airport. In the election, the voters also tossed out the suburb’s mayor, Ron... Read more »

Starz' 'Boss' accurately portrays the Chicago Way

Some of my colleagues have observed that the excellent new Starz series “Boss” about a fictional Chicago mayor isn’t really real. And former Mayor Richard M. Daley said the show is not about him. In a pig’s eye. This show accurately captures that essence of what makes Chicago run, as Daley ran it. Jobs, contracts,... Read more »

New life in the fight against O'Hare Airport expansion

Park Ridge: Not so quiet anymore after O’Hare Airport’s new runway opened. (Tribune photo) It’s coming a little late, but Park Ridge, which used to be a leader against O’Hare Airport expansion, but then dropped out, is looking to start a campaign against further expansion, according to a story in the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate, Park... Read more »
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Chicago to O'Hare airlines: Screw you (updated)

O’Hare Airport. Lot’s of room for expansion, right? UPDATE: Read the Daley administration’s lame excuses for shoving it to the airlines after they thought they had been making progress. One item that the city reneged on was the controversial western terminals, which United and American don’t want. Daley first said okay, then demanded suddenly that... Read more »
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