Group campaigns against O'Hare expansion

February 17, 2009 2:46:42 PM PST
Opponents of the O'Hare expansion plan launched a new multi-media advertising campaign today.The ad is put together by "Citizens Against Government Waste" and is supported by a group of suburban leaders and officials. The group gathered inside Chicago's City Hall Tuesday.

Many called the project a boondoggle and want the public to join in urging Mayor Daley to curtail the $15 billion addition of runways and passenger terminals at O'Hare.

"It is simply a huge waste of money. There are better solutions and we're calling on Mayor Daley to come forward to stop the ridiculousness of the O'Hare Modernization Program," said John Geils, Bensenville Village President

"The mayor is looking to get $50 million in stimulus money to reward his political donors and contractors to pour more concrete that the airlines have already stated they don't need, they don't want, they can't afford to use," said Tony Peraica, (R) Cook County Board Commissioner

City officials argue the project will ease the airport's severe flight delay problem - allowing up to 1.2 million flights a year at O'Hare.