By Greg Hinz
Folks who have grown weary of having planes fly through their backyards near O’Hare and Midway international airports are about to get a little help.
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley announced today that he’s formed a Quiet Skies Caucus of congressmen designed to “raise awareness of aircraft noise and work to find meaningful solutions to the problem.”
The initial members, like Mr. Quigley, are all Democrats. Included is one other Illinoisan, Hoffman Estates’ Tammy Duckworth, plus 10 others, mostly from California and New York. Interestingly, not on the crew is another Chicago Democrat, Dan Lipinski, who represents the area around Midway.
Mr. Quigley, whose district includes O’Hare, says his hope is that the group “can help mitigate the noise that is disrupting our communities.”
The congressman earlier pressed for a new environmental impact study on the ongoing O’Hare Modernization Program of new, relocated and extended runways. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been resisting. Mr. Quigley also wants federal regulators to allow more homeowners and businesses to qualify for soundproofing.
Expect the caucus to grow with time. But anyone who thinks that O’Hare noise will easily be tamed is fooling themselves.