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  • Editorial: FAA needs security, backup plans fixed Oct 1, 2014 9:22 AM
    Answers are needed to the myriad questions surrounding the fire and suicide attempt at the air-traffic control center in Aurora that led to a huge air traffic problems throughout the country, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • FAA: 2 weeks to reopen Chicago-area control center Sep 30, 2014 8:46 AM
    The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city's two international airports to a halt last week. The FAA said Sunday it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct. 13.

  • Businesses scramble as flights continue to be canceled, delayed Sep 29, 2014 1:22 PM
    Bob Chinn’s Crab House in Wheeling, which built its reputation on fresh fish flown in daily, was forced to have seafood sent via truck from the East Coast and other locations. It's just one business experiencing disruptions that continue after major damage at an FAA facility in Aurora on Friday.

  • FAA chief promises better fallback plan, improved security after fire Sep 30, 2014 8:32 AM
    The FAA's top administrator called for a full review of its Plan B options after criticism over massive flight delays and cancellations across the nation because of a fire at the Chicago Center air traffic control facility in Aurora. Fallout from the Friday fire continues in airports in Chicago and across the nation.

  • Attorney: Man charged in FAA fire made 'tragic mistake' Sep 30, 2014 12:43 PM
    Brian Howard of Naperville, whose failed suicide attempt in the Chicago Center air traffic control facility in Aurora forced the cancellation of thousands of flights at O'Hare and Midway airports, apologized to his family while making his initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge. “Friday morning Brian tried to take his life,” his defense attorney said. “That he did so in a way that inconvenienced many, many people is unacceptable and he deeply regrets that.

  • Durbin calls for inquiry into fire at Aurora air-traffic center Sep 29, 2014 10:07 AM
    As federal officials declared it will be at least two more weeks until the Chicago Center air-traffic facility in Aurora is back at full capacity, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday he wants the Federal Aviation Administration’s inspector general to scrutinize the circumstances surrounding the sabotage that grounded and delayed hundreds of flights since Friday.

  • Official: At least 2 weeks until FAA facility reopens Sep 27, 2014 11:14 PM
    The sabotage Friday at an air traffic control facility in Aurora continued to cause havoc Saturday on air travel in Chicago and across the nation and parts of the world. But a FAA official speaking on the condition of anonymity said it will be at least two weeks before the Chicago Center reopens.

  • FBI details FAA facility arsons, Naperville man’s Facebook post Sep 26, 2014 10:44 PM
    A 36-year-old Naperville man has been charged with one count of destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities in connection with fires and other damage Friday that forced the closure of the FAA’s air traffic control facility in Aurora. A federal source said Brian Howard, of the 1300 block of Ivy Lane, also cut all radar feeds into the facility and most communication lines, and the FBI said Howard outlined his plans in a Facebook message.

  • Sabotage raises questions about Chicago FAA vulnerability Sep 26, 2014 10:43 PM
    Experts say the FAA "can do better" after an act of sabotage cut off radar and communications links to an air-traffic control center in Aurora. It's the third time in two years air traffic at O'Hare International Airport has ground to a halt over problems at air traffic centers in the suburbs -- Aurora and Elgin -- with repercussions for flights across the world.

  • Rauner not a fan of gambling, airport slots Sep 18, 2014 7:23 PM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he’s not a fan of gambling or a plan to put slot machines at Chicago’s international airports, but he wouldn’t stand in the way of adding casinos if local communities support it.

  • Warning light forces emergency landing at Midway Sep 16, 2014 8:08 PM
    A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to New York made an emergency landing Tuesday after an engine warning light came on in the cockpit, an airline spokeswoman said.

  • Security fee on airline tickets set to rise Jun 19, 2014 4:09 PM
    The proposed changes will be published Friday in the Federal Register and take effect 30 days later.Congress approved higher TSA fees as part of a December budget deal. Despite protests against the TSA’s proposal, Congress dictated that the security fee rise to $5.60.

  • Chicago approves borrowing $1.9 billion Feb 3, 2014 5:54 PM
    Chicago is entering the bond market since its bond rating was dropped. The Chicago City Council’s finance committee on Monday approved a $1 billion bond issue for Midway International Airport a $900 million general obligation bond.

  • Pilots grounded after landing at wrong airport Jan 13, 2014 8:54 PM
    The pilots of a Southwest Airlines flight that originated at Chicago's Midway Airport and mistakenly landed at the wrong Missouri airport were grounded Monday, less than a day after they touched down at a small airfield that gave them only half as much room as normal to stop the jet.

  • Midway Airport experiencing heavy delays Jan 3, 2014 1:47 PM
    Passengers on flights at Midway International Airport were stuck on planes for more than four hours due to delays at the airport, NBC 5 Chicago has been reporting.

  • State plans upgrades to National Guard centers Nov 1, 2013 5:34 PM
    Illinois officials are announcing upgrades costing $3.3 million for three Illinois Army National Guard “readiness centers” in Chicago. Gov. Pat Quinn said the repairs to the state-owned buildings will “prolong the life of these facilities and spur the local economies.”

  • Failed attempt to take Midway private cost $3.5 million Sep 26, 2013 6:47 AM
    The city of Chicago spent $3.5 million seeking advice on plans to privatize Midway International Airport before pulling the plug on the idea. The Chicago Sun-Times reports money was paid to attorneys, financial advisers, technical and airport consultants. The largest amount, $1.1 million, went to four law firms that usually work on city bond deals.

  • Emanuel stops pursuing leasing options at Midway Sep 6, 2013 5:08 PM
    Citing a lack of competition that wouldn’t benefit taxpayers and travelers, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel halted plans to lease Midway International Airport after one of the remaining two bidding groups backed out.

  • Southwest jet safely returns after bird strike Sep 2, 2013 10:51 PM
    A Southwest Airlines spokeswoman says a jet carrying 124 people struck a bird shortly after departing for Chicago from a North Carolina airport but safely returned without injuries. The jetliner, which was destined for Midway International, has since been taken out of service for inspection and any necessary repairs.

  • Naperville mom helps food allergy sufferers travel safely Jul 17, 2013 10:20 AM
    Naperville mom Amy Wicker was determined that her daughter's food allergies were not going to affect their family vacation. That was easier said then done. She spent hours researching food-allergy friendly options on airlines and at vacation destinations, hotels and stops along the way. Now all she, and other parents, have to do is visit, a site she started.

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