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posted: 8/24/2014 5:01 AM

Towns with jet noise also benefit from O'Hare

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I have for the past month or two heard nothing but complaints about the jet noise from O'Hare Airport. People get over it!

The state and the city of Chicago have been looking to expand the airport from back in the 1930s when it was Orchard Field. After the war it was an Air Force base were jets were stationed, and during those years people complained about the jets breaking the sound barrier. I believe it became O'Hare International Airport in or about 1956 and has been expanding ever since.

Many of the towns surrounding it advertised they were close to O'Hare and expressways to lure businesses and people to their community. Now these same communities complain about the noise from the airport.

If the people would have paid attention, they surely would seen, heard or read about the talk of expanding O'Hare and would have thought twice about living close to it. These same communities that complain the most about the airport would not have the many businesses and housing developments if not for their proximity to O'Hare.

How many of these airport complainers fly out of O'Hare for business and pleasure? How many go to Midway or would use a Peotone airport? Do not say that I don't know what I am talking about because I lived in Schiller Park for 30-plus years. Planes flew over our house every 60 seconds until we downsized and moved to a townhouse in Bloomingdale. We knew the airport was there when we purchased our home, we made that choice and lived with it. I repeat, get over it. O'Hare is here to stay. Our state and federal representatives have more important issues to work on than the jet noise from O'Hare.

Richard J. Statz


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