Aldermen, SEIU Push To Take Airport Control Away From Emanuel

The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of terminal 2 at Chicago's O'Hare airport on August 13, 2013. The US Justice Department and several states sued Tuesday to block the $11 billion merger between American Airlines and US Airways, saying it would reduce competition and push up fares.   AFP PHOTO / Mira OBERMAN        (Photo credit should read MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Several alderman have joined union airport workers in an effort to create an elected airport authority, and wrestle control of O’Hare and Midway airports away from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Supporters of the push for an elected airport board is that every other major airport in the U.S. is run by either an elected authority, or a board one appointed by both the local mayor and the governor. They said Chicago is the only city to have its airports run directly out of City Hall.

“Throughout the United States and internationally, there are airport authorities, there are airport boards that work together with the constituencies of each of those cities and countries to make sure that it is the taxpayers, the citizens, the people that use those airports that are put first,” Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) said.

The alderman said an elected airport authority could bring a lot of benefits to travelers, airlines, and people living near the airports.

Read the full story over at CBS Chicago.

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