Suburban leaders meet to discuss O'Hare noise
Members of the Suburban O'Hare Commission met recently with representatives of five other towns to discuss the issue of airport noise.
The commission, composed of 11 governmental entities in Northwest suburban Cook County and northern DuPage County, is expected to hire a panel of experts this month to provide advice on ways to make the skies less noisy. They will then take their proposals to the city of Chicago and Federal Aviation Administration.
Officials from nine commission members -- Addison, DuPage County, Elk Grove Village, Elk Grove Township, Hanover Park, Itasca, Roselle, Schiller Park and Wood Dale -- met last week with representatives of Franklin Park, Mount Prospect, Norridge, Park Ridge and Schaumburg. State Rep. Marty Moylan, the chief of staff to state Sen. Dan Kotowski, and a member of the Fair Allocation in Runways Coalition also attended the meeting.
The commission last month put out a news release calling Moylan's new O'Hare noise advisory committee meeting on Feb. 12 "premature" since it was still gathering facts and data to develop solutions to airport noise. But commission Chairman Craig Johnson, the mayor of Elk Grove Village, said he now plans to attend and speak at Moylan's meeting at the state lawmaker's request. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Park Ridge city hall, 505 Butler Place.