Measures aim to reduce impact of O'Hare's jet noise

  • State lawmakers aim to reduce the impact of jet noise from O'Hare with a number of proposals.

    State lawmakers aim to reduce the impact of jet noise from O'Hare with a number of proposals. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer, August 2015

 
 
Updated 2/23/2016 7:19 PM

Suburban and city lawmakers touted aviation-related proposals Tuesday that include studying the impact of O'Hare International Airport on human and environmental health and giving homeowners a tax credit to buy soundproofing.

But with Springfield mired in gridlock over the budget and many lawmakers focusing on the March 15 primary and November general election, getting legislation passed this session is a tough proposition.

 

Democratic state Sens. Laura Murphy of Des Plaines and John Mulroe of Chicago along with Republican Reps. Christine Winger of Wood Dale and Michael McAuliffe of Chicago announced the legislation Tuesday.

Two bills seek an income tax credit toward soundproofing materials and a study by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on the environmental and health impact of runways and air traffic.

Three resolutions ask Chicago to beef up its Fly Quiet program and request the Federal Aviation Administration to assist in implementing a new standard for measuring aircraft noise that would increase the pool of soundproofing money.

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