City must pay back $6M for 1999, 2000 snow removal, judge rules

March 26, 2013 5:20:46 AM PDT
A federal judge has ordered the city of Chicago to pay $6 million it used for emergency snow removal costs from more than a decade ago.

In 1999 and 2000, the city used money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to remove snow from Midway and O'Hare airports during two severe storms.

Monday, the judge agreed with a federal audit that found the city should have used funds from the maintenance fees paid by the airlines, instead of the disaster funds.

The city of Chicago could appeal the ruling.