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  • Picture-perfect Thanksgiving reunions ... and tips for travel trials Nov 25, 2014 7:24 PM
    Joyful and relieved Thanksgiving travelers greeted family at O'Hare International Airport Tuesday. “To have our daughter come in for Thanksgiving from Brooklyn ... it’s one of the top things to have in your life,” one said. But Wednesday is the busiest travel day of the year. Here are some survival tips if your flight is messed up.

     
  • Pilot dies after crashing into Chicago house Nov 18, 2014 12:55 PM
    A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away. The Aero Commander 500-B slammed nose-down into the front of the home around 2:40 a.m., punching through the ground floor into the basement and leaving about a third of the aircraft, including the tail, sticking straight out of the red-brick home.

     
  • Elgin man nothing like his role in old airline photo Oct 23, 2014 5:00 AM
    To illustrate a column about sex discrimination last Sunday, I used an iconic 1960s black-and-white photograph of two suit-wearing business executives with a pipe and cigar waiting for a "stewardess" to give them a light during a men-only flight. On Wednesday, I talked to the 83-year-old Elgin man who explains how he came to be the grinning guy with a pipe in the photo .

     
  • FAA Aurora air traffic center fully operational Oct 13, 2014 10:44 AM
    The Aurora air traffic center reopened early Monday, more than two weeks after damage from a deliberately set fire forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide, federal officials said. A full shift of air traffic controllers at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora resumed control of the center’s airspace from adjoining centers between midnight and 1 a.m. on Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a news release.

     
  • Residents say pilot's actions spared lives on the ground Oct 14, 2014 1:04 PM
    Residents in a Palos Hills neighborhood were out Monday looking at scattered pieces of a small plane that crashed hours before, wondering if the last act of a pilot before his death was to find a vacant lot on a street crowded with houses to spare lives. “It looks like he aimed for the one vacant spot,” said Barbara Janusz, who lives with her daughter's family in a house in Palos Hills where she said the plane's wings came to rest. “I'm sure he sacrificed his own life for everybody else's, bless his soul.”

     
  • Chicago aldermen want Ebola screening at airports Oct 8, 2014 4:04 PM
    Two Chicago aldermen want international passengers arriving at the city’s two airports screened for the Ebola virus and other infectious diseases. Aldermen Edward Burke and Michael Zalewski introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would require screening facilities at Midway and O’Hare.

     
  • Weather forces flight cancellations in Chicago Oct 2, 2014 4:36 PM
    Weather is causing delays and hundreds of cancellations at Chicago’s international airports almost a week after sabotage at a suburban air traffic control center disrupted travel nationwide. The Chicago Department of Aviation said Thursday that 450 flights were canceled at O’Hare and 300 flights were canceled at Midway, including all Southwest Airlines flights.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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