MAYOR AIMS TO SUSTAIN ANTI-O'HARE PRESSURE
PARK RIDGE -- Park Ridge Mayor Ron Wietecha said the suburbs must not back down on demands for noise restrictions and runway control at O'Hare International Airport at a rally at City Hall this week to drum up support.
"We're continually stabbed in the back by the City of Chicago and by the airlines," Wietecha said.
"Mayor [Richard] Daley wants to expand O'Hare and he wants us to pay the penalty for economic development because his city gets all the profits."
Joe Karaganis, attorney for the Suburban O'Hare Commission, outlined Chicago's plans to expand O'Hare, saying the city wants to add runways and extend the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway directly to the airport.
Karaganis said the city hopes to increase O'Hare's flight capacity to 1.5 million annually.
Wietecha urged residents to hold Gov. George Ryan to his campaign promise of no deals with Daley in exchange for more runways.
He also urged residents to write Vice President Al Gore and GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush.
Karaganis and Wietecha urged those at Wednesday night's rally to push for an airport in Peotone, put yard signs up this fall stating their opposition to O'Hare noise and expansion and attend an October rally.
"If we don't do this, we deserve exactly what they give us, and believe me, they'll give it to us," Wietecha said.