CHICAGO (CBS) — Two state lawmakers have called for a new study of noise patterns around O’Hare International Airport, due to the new runway layout at the airfield.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) supported building the new east-west runways at O’Hare, but he said the most recent comprehensive noise studies were conducted before the new runways were built.READ MORE: In Wake Of 'Events Across The Country,' Chicago Police Deploy Additional Resources And Cancel Days Off For Some Units
“It predicted that nearly 16,000 people would be newly impacted by jet noise to a level that would normally qualify them for soundproofing programs. However, to date no subsequent study based on observed data has been conducted,” he said.
Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) said complaints from people living near O’Hare are way up with the new runway configuration.READ MORE: Remembering Victims Of COVID-19 In Illinois
“People are extremely concerned about their health and well-being. We have the concern of the noise, which has changed,” Reboletti said.
Last month, three Northwest Side residents won property tax appeals that should lower their tax bills, after successfully arguing the value of their homes has been reduced by increased jet noise.MORE NEWS: 'We Have To Train Our Police To Use Force Less Often:' Professor David Harris On Minnesota Police Shooting That Killed Daunte Wright, Other Issues Around Police Use Of Force
The lawmakers said studies need to be conducted with real microphones, and real relief for homeowners whose homes sit on approach and departure paths for jets that use O’Hare.