- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the Federal Aviation Administration will expedite a review of how airport noise is measured.

Emanuel said Thursday the study will benefit Chicago residents by allowing more people to qualify for the O’Hare Residential Sound Insulation Program.

Noise complaints from residents near O’Hare have soared since flight paths changed with the construction of new runways.

The study will review the national day-night average sound level, which would create a better understanding of the magnitude of the problem facing those living near O’Hare.

Officials say Chicago will spend approximately $120 million insulating 4,700 residences over the next 3-5 years, in addition to spending nearly $700 million in the communities neighboring both O’Hare and Midway International Airport.

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