Tag: O'Hare Airport expansion

More bad news for Chicago: Financing O'Hare Airport expansion is sketchy

Crain’s Chicago Business reports: A ratings agency is warning about the financial risks that await O’Hare International Airport if it moves further ahead with a roughly $8.5 billion rebuild and expansion of terminals while the airline industry is reeling from a global pandemic. Moody’s Investors Service yesterday gave a negative outlook on O’Hare debt, warning... Read more »

More Chicago book cooking at O'Hare Airport

Greg Hinz  at Crain’s reports: How has COVID affected O’Hare’s finances? City Hall won’t tell you. With passenger traffic down as much as 95 percent, Team Lightfoot stonewalls questions on whether revenue at the region’s key economic engine has followed suit. Despite clear signs of plummeting traffic at Chicago’s airports, senior Lightfoot administration officials refuse to release financial data... Read more »

Analysis of the latest O'Hare Airport expansion plan that you won't find elsewhere

Why? Because as the Chicago Daily News’ urban affairs reporter I started covering the airport beat in 1972 when Richard J. (The First) Daley floated the cockamamie idea of building a third airport in Lake Michigan. As the transportation reporter, editorial board member and op-ed columnist for the Chicago Sun -Times I followed the issue... 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 »

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 »

The most screwed up state representative race in Illinois

A great analysis by DOUG IBENDAHL about how Democratic Czar and House Speaker Michael Madigan is giving the shive to his longtime Republican ally, Incumbent Angelo “Skip” Saviano from the Northwest suburbs. People have been wondering why Madigan is running someone against Saviano, who has been a loyal supporter of Madigan’s, even though Skip is a Republican (basically in... 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 »

Park Ridge mulling what to do about louder O'Hare

O’Hare’s new runway is bugging Park Ridge, but did the suburb wait too long to do anything about it? Having withdrawn from the fight against O’Hare Airport expansion several years ago and getting rewarded with a new runway bringing screaming flights overhead, Park Ridge now is wondering what the hell to do about it. The... Read more »
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