CHICAGO (CBS) — Several alderman have joined union airport workers in an effort to create an elected airport authority, and wrestle control of O’Hare and Midway airports away from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Supporters of the push for an elected airport board is that every other major airport in the U.S. is run by either an elected authority, or a board one appointed by both the local mayor and the governor. They said Chicago is the only city to have its airports run directly out of City Hall.READ MORE: Celebrating Black History Makers: Sydney Barber Is First Black Female Brigade Commander At U.S. Naval Academy
“Throughout the United States and internationally, there are airport authorities, there are airport boards that work together with the constituencies of each of those cities and countries to make sure that it is the taxpayers, the citizens, the people that use those airports that are put first,” Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) said.
The alderman said an elected airport authority could bring a lot of benefits to travelers, airlines, and people living near the airports.
“Noise control issues, which we’ve seen have been ignored for many, many years; and have come to a head just in recent months. You look today at what the TSA is doing, and how security has backed up airport users by the hours,” he said.