Durbin, Quigley, Schakowsky, Duckworth Announce $20 Million For Noise Mitigation For O’hare Area Homeowners

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL-5), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL-8) today announced $20 million in federal funding for aircraft noise mitigation efforts near O’Hare International Airport. Today’s funding, awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will help soundproof residences with noise levels between 65 and 69 DNL.
“This welcome investment by the FAA will improve the quality of life of O’Hare area residents. I am pleased by today’s announcement, and I will continue to work to bring federal resources to Chicago’s airports and the communities that surround them,” said Senator Durbin.
“I am pleased that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is taking steps to provide some relief to residents around O’Hare Airport by awarding new funds for residential sound proofing in the surrounding communities,” said Rep. Quigley. “I will continue working with my congressional colleagues, the Chicago Department of Aviation and the FAA to help reduce and distribute aircraft noise because I believe that O’Hare can be both a good neighbor and an economic engine for Chicago and Illinois.”
“I often hear concerns from constituents in the 9th Congressional District who are negatively impacted by aircraft noise from O’Hare International Airport,” Rep. Schakowsky said. “Together with Sen. Durbin, Rep. Quigley, Rep. Duckworth and other members of the Illinois delegation, I have worked hard to address these concerns, and I am pleased to see the FAA providing $20,000,000 to help additional noise mitigation efforts.  This funding will help bring much needed relief.”   
“I’ve spent years working to alleviate the damaging quality of life and health effects that O’Hare noise pollution has on my neighbors. Today, I’m proud to announce this infusion of federal funds which will help provide relief to countless families living in communities surrounding our state’s world-class transportation hub,” said Rep. Duckworth.