DSC 5504VILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is excited to announce the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test Plan for O’Hare International Airport starting today, Wednesday, July 6.

The goal of the new plan is to find a more balanced distribution of noise exposure for DuPage County and surrounding communities during overnight hours.

“The Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test Plan is the result of everyone’s hard work. Different layers of government, community organizations and local residents, worked as a team to try to eliminate this problem,” Cullerton said. “My hope is this will provide us with a long-term solution to alleviate these communities from unnecessary disturbances.”

Cullerton said that the six-month test which has designated nighttime arrival and departure runways at O’Hare, will be rotated on a weekly basis.

The weekly schedule was developed to achieve a balanced approach that uses east-west parallel runways as well as diagonal runways. The test will only apply to overnight hours when flight demands can be fulfilled by a single arrival or departure runway, or a mixed-use runway.

The rotation schedule is designed to minimize the impact to communities with the same operation type (arrival or departure) for two consecutive weeks. The purpose of the test is to evaluate a condition that could be in place until Runway 14R/32L is permanently closed in 2018.

The criteria used for the test plan was approved by the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) in May. Area residents can visit www.flychicago.com/flyquiettest maintained by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), where residents can provide feedback, learn more about the test plan as well as view the week by week rotation schedule.

Cullerton stresses to area residents that their feedback is crucial component for the success of the testing period. The comments and data will be collected and reviewed during the test period to determine the effectiveness of the rotation plan. The CDA will general reports that will be available throughout the test period.  

“I can’t reiterate the importance of DuPage county residents providing accurate and constant feedback through the CDA’s website,” Cullerton said. “Community input will decide the success of the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test Plan and help us move forward eliminating this problem.”

DuPage residents can also reach out to Cullerton’s website at www.SenatorTomCullerton.com or call his Villa Park office at (630) 903-6662 with any questions or concerns.

To continue his efforts to bring state government to the residents of the 23rd State Senate District, Cullerton hosted two town hall meetings this spring to give an update on efforts to reduce O’Hare Airport’s air traffic noise and pollution. He plans to hold additional town halls a few months into the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test Plan to have an active dialogue with area residents on the effectiveness of the plan.

tc townhall 0416 RSVILLA PARK- Continuing his efforts to bring state government to the residents of the 23rd State Senate District, Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is hosting  two town hall meetings to give an update on efforts to reduce O’Hare Airport’s air traffic noise and pollution.  

The meetings give residents the chance to ask Cullerton questions and discuss issues important to the 23rd  Senate District.

Wood Dale Town Hall with Mayor Nunzio Pulice and the Wood Dale O’Hare Noise Group Committee
Date: April 26, 2017
Time: 7 to 8 p.m.
Location: Wood Dale Library (520 N. Wood Dale Rd, Wood Dale IL)

Itasca Town Hall with Mayor Jeff Pruyn
Date: April 27, 2016
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: Itasca Village Hall (550 W. Irving Park Rd, Itasca IL)

For more information, call (630) 903-6662.

CHICAGO-State and federal lawmakers and local officials came together at a press conference today about concerns with rising noise levels from O’Hare International Airport.

The FAiR Coalition is a group of local organizations pursuing solutions to a mounting number of complaints from residents unhappy with a major increase in airport-related noise. They attended the press conference with officials today to call for action on these complaints, numbering 350,000 in March 2015 alone. House Joint Resolution 83, passed by both chambers of the General Assembly this spring, urges the City of Chicago to meet with the FAiR Coalition, federal officials and citizens to discuss solutions.

“Residents of DuPage and Cook counties have legitimate complaints. There continues to be a definite negative impact on the quality of life for the residents of these communities,” said Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park). “We need to take action to find a long-term solution to alleviate these communities from unnecessary disturbances.”

The noise issues stem from a dramatic shift in air traffic capacity from diagonal runways to east-west runways. The resolution calls for timely and open communication about hearings in areas surrounding the airport and a halt to runway expansion until public input is complete.

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SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is urging the federal government to study the noise impact at O’Hare International Airport.

Cullerton has continued to work diligently to alleviate problems in DuPage and Cook counties from heavy noise pollution. Planes taking off from O’Hare during early mornings and late evenings disturb residents in DuPage and Cook counties.  

“We have continued to hear stories from residents describing the negative impact on their quality of life. Federal agencies need to quickly conduct a study to emphasis the connection between the air traffic noise and the environmental and human impact to help move this process forward,” said Cullerton.

Cullerton passed Senate Resolution 139 urging the Federal Aviation Administration and the United State Environmental Protection Agency to commission a study.

“As state officials, my colleagues and I have attempted to resolve this issue. However, we are at the point where we need federal assistance to find a solution to restore the quality of life for our communities,” said Cullerton. “This is an ongoing problem that needs to be resolved. The fact residents have had to suffer through these disturbances for so long is unacceptable.”

To emphasis the need for the study, Cullerton continues to circulate a petition to urge the federal government to issue a study to examine the environmental and human health impacts caused by O’Hare Airport.

The petition is available online at www.SenatorTomCullerton.com (Click here to sign the petition). There are multiple resources to report noise complaints on Cullerton’s site as well (Click here to submit a complaint).

He has been working on this issue with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and intends to present copies of the petition to U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk.

SR 139 passed the Senate with bipartisan support.


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