The FAA radar center in Aurora is fully back up and running after a fire more than two weeks ago damaged the facility, sending air travel across the country into a tail-spin. A contract worker is accused of setting that fire.
The Federal Aviation Administration says teams have completed testing on almost all critical systems and equipment at a sabotaged suburban Chicago air traffic control facility.
FAA employees who have helped keep air traffic moving safely over the Midwest since last Friday’s act of sabotage at a radar facility in Aurora are answering critics who have said there isn’t a proper backup system in place.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta planned to tour the crippleed Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Aurora, then meet with members of the Illinois congressional delegation to discuss repairs and an ongoing FAA review of the incident.
“How could you have an airport that is so integral to the national and the international system with no backup capacity that one individual can have this impact?” Emanuel asked Wednesday.
The man who allegedly sabotaged the air traffic navigation center in Aurora has admitted that he was high when he decided to set the fire to computer server racks in the building’s basement and shutting down flight operations at Chicago’s two major airports.
As the FAA continues to make repairs to a severely damaged radar center in Aurora, flight performance at Chicago’s two airports has gradually improved as air traffic controllers have shifted to facilities in four other states to pick up the slack.
Repairs may take another two weeks to fully restore operations the FAA air traffic control center in Aurora after a deliberately set fire crippled flight operations at O’Hare and Midway airports.
The damage done by a disgruntled contractor at the FAA radar facility in Aurora was so extensive that the center might not be operational for several days.
Two suspects entered a KFC in the 1300 block of East New York Street around 8:30 p.m. and announced a robbery, Aurora police said.
A Sugar Grove man was killed after the pickup he was driving crashed into a pole in west suburban Aurora Friday afternoon.
Federal railroad officials got an earful Wednesday from the mayors of several Chicago area towns that have been affected by a growing number of increasingly long trains hauling crude oil and other volatile materials.
A man was killed and his girlfriend was wounded in a shooting early Saturday in west suburban Aurora.
The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company had previously said it expected the sales measure to be “relatively flat” for the year.
OSI Group, based in Aurora, Illinois, will create a “quality control center” at its Shanghai Husi Food Co., and will spend 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) on a food safety education campaign. A Shanghai TV station reported last week that Husi sold expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald’s and KFC.
Two Aurora men were critically injured in drive-by shootings in the western suburb Friday night.
Police are searching for the owner of a pony found wandering around Aurora early Sunday.
A west suburban Aurora man, who allegedly crushed up air freshener beads and attempted to sell them as crack cocaine, was charged with two felonies on Monday.
A group of people were in the backyard of a home when they were approached by a man with a gun. The shooter fired several shots, striking three people.
WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports they have been digging in two locations on the property where there were once outhouses dating to 1857 and 1870.