Arlene A. Juracek, ONCC chair and mayor of Mount Prospect joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker, Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger S. Evans, former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, airline representatives and other elected officials at the ceremonial ribbon cutting for O’Hare Runway 10R/28L and a new south air traffic control tower on Thursday October 15, 2015.

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“We commend the FAA and the CDA for their efforts to make O’Hare International Airport a global leader in the aviation industry and an economic engine for the Chicago region,” said Juracek. “We also appreciate their commitment to be a good neighbor by funding the residential and school sound insulation programs for the thousands of children and residents impacted by aircraft noise.”

ONCC will continue its mission to oversee the two sound insulation programs while investigating new initiatives to mitigate noise through the Technical Committee.

Runway 10R-28L is the fifth east-west parallel runway at O'Hare and the fourth new runway component opened since 2008 as part of the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP). A new $41 million FAA air traffic control tower was built to manage aircraft operations Runway 10R-28L. The commissioning of Runway 10R-28L and the south tower marks the completion of all south airfield construction on the OMP.