Momentum Shifts, O’Hare Expansion Plans Hit With Reality
“Runway to Nowhere” Ad Campaign Unveiled to Tell the Truth About OMP
The coalition — spearheaded nationally by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and a consortium of national anti-pork barrel citizen groups — has joined with the
Last week in
While not completely successful in eliminating the threat of the bloated OMP as a recipient of stimulus funds, the coalition of taxpayer watchdog groups and President Geils were successful in encouraging Congress to trim the amount available for airport development from
“This is a runway to nowhere and it is time the citizens of
As the next step to stop OMP, CAGW is joining
The coalition’s ad campaign — to tell the truth about what the OMP is really all about — will begin next week with radio, television and print ads appearing in the
Geils said the ads are honest in their assessment of OMP as a ‘Runway to Nowhere.’ “This project has an estimated
“Every taxpayer dollar wasted on the OMP boondoggle takes precious dollars away from critical projects in
Other regional community leaders joined CAGW and Geils in their concerns including Transparency Policy Director at the Illinois Policy Institute Kate Campaign, who said “while most Americans are expecting ‘change’ from their government, Mayor Daley is trying to protect the Old Chicago Way.” Continuing, “Now more than ever, we need to have an open, informed debate about spending priorities in
The OMP has been also been severely criticized and questioned by the six major airlines who service O’Hare Airport. The slumping airline industry, which is making long-lasting cuts in fleets and labor forces, says it is in no position to commit to any more funds to further construction of the OMP. Taking note of the airlines opposition and refusal to provide further funds, Geils emphasized President Obama’s public pledge to limit stimulus funds to those projects that had solid economic justification. “The so-called delay savings of OMP are less than
A federal investigation is under way into how five construction companies whose owners are friends or associates of Mayor Daley secured hundreds of millions of dollars in construction work at O’Hare, according to the Chicago Sun-Times ["Blago probe hits city, O'Hare deals,"
In addition, the O’Hare Modernization Project has also been denounced for fundamental design flaws, including planes having an additional 45 minute taxi time due to major airport choke points, long bus rides between terminals — often longer than the scheduled time of a flight — and baggage transfer issues from one terminal to the next.
Finally, others around the country have been concerned about aviation expansion as a huge environmental hazard. Locally neighbors from
“Annually, O’Hare creates football fields full of harmful toxic chemicals such as benzene, 1, 3-Butadiene, and Acrolein,” said
Geils concluded, “Momentum has shifted. The O’Hare expansion plans have been hit with economic and environmental realities. We are also in a time where residents are not going to accept ‘The Chicago Way.’ I will continue to expose the truth about OMP on behalf of the residents of
Stop-OMP is an organization dedicated to preventing the senseless and ill-advised continuance O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). Identifying the need for a reexamination of the O’Hare plan and encouraging government and community leaders to correct this project before it needlessly displaces more families and wastes taxpayer funds is our highest priority. To learn more please visit www.stop-omp.org.