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Airport noise wasn't part of the bargain

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Twenty-five years ago, we moved out to Bartlett because we wanted a quiet, bucolic setting for our home. We accepted a longer commute to work in the city, we accepted higher taxes, we accepted the loss of proximity to our friends & family, all in return for distance from O'Hare and its accompanying noise.

Twenty-five years later, O'Hare has come to us. Reaching out with loud, low flying jet aircraft that now fly directly over my home for no reason other than to spread the noise, and deliberately breaching the quiet enjoyment of my home.

Twenty-five years ago, had we elected to live near O'Hare and enjoy the proximity to the city, we would have accepted the noise as part of the bargain. Friends who chose homes near the airport tell me "you get used to it", and seem unbothered by their noisy neighbor.

Deliberately flying low and loud over my home serves no aeronautical purpose. The only goal achieved here is to create noise in an otherwise quiet community.

Jeffrey Schmidt


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