- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Several Chicago aldermen are teaming with a union to push a plan to wrestle control of O’Hare and Midway international airports from the mayor’s office.

The plan, promoted by the Service Employees International Union, calls for an elected airport board. Alderman Scott Waguespack said Tuesday an elected airport authority could bring a lot of benefits to travelers, airlines, and people living near the airports.

In a statement, the Chicago Department of Aviation called the proposal for an elected airport authority “backward in its approach.” Department officials note no other major airport in the country has an elected airport authority.

Tom Balanoff, president of SEIU Local 1 which represents airport workers, says they are underpaid and abused under City Hall management.

Supporters of the proposal want the question placed on the November ballot.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide