Category: O'Hare Airport

Here's another big, fat told-ya-so for the lousy, stinking O'Hare Airport expansion

In a long-needed assessment of how the expansion of O’Hare International Airport is working out (“Five ways to improve O’Hare”), Chicago Tribune reporters Jon Hilkevitch and  Gregory Karp found that the multi-billion-dollar project has fallen short of its over-hyped expectations. Again. Which allows me to issue, on behalf of its long-silenced opponents this hearty blast:... Read more »

Told ya so: New O'Hare Airport runway expansion fails to reduce delays

Opponents of ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s O’Hare Airport expansion boondoggle had been saying it for years: The costly expansion won’t do much to reduce delays, one of the major reasons justifying the billions spent and the homes and businesses destroyed. Now comes a Chicago Tribune article reporting an AP analysis of airport delays, “New runway... Read more »

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 »
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Lawmaker calls for expansion of state role on O'Hare noise

About time. These people have been screwed and tattooed for too long by Chicago. Read the Chicago Tribune story here. For information on my award-winning historical novel, “Madness: The War of 1812,” visit: http://www.madness1812.com Like The Barbershop? You can be notified when I’ve posted in it by subscribing to it. Simply type in yur email address... Read more »

Even with expansion, O'Hare Airport is America's worst in the winter

The much ballyhooed expansion of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago was to radically improve the airport’s on-time performance. But now, even half-way into it and with billions of dollars spent, it is named by Hopper.com as the worst airport in America for winter travel. That might not come as a surprise to Chicagoans, familiar as... 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 »
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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 »

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 »

Oops, there goes another O'Hare Airport runway

The O’Hare expansion already was in enough trouble without American Airlines declaring bankruptcy. Even before then, American and United Airlines, the airport’s two hub carriers, had declared that they wouldn’t fund Phase II of the expansion, which when completed would cram six parallel runways into a ridiculously small footprint. Now the city will have to... Read more »
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Sen. Mark Kirk inexcusably silent about South Suburban Airport

For decades, transportation planners, politicians and others have been talking about relieving the jam-packed O’Hare Airport by building a new one in the south suburbs. Under the leadership of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Bensenville, Elk Grove Village and others, a private investor/builder/operator was found to partner with government, to the extent that it would cost... Read more »
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