Airport Tries To Prepare Neighbors For Increased Traffic

Jim Gudas
July 11, 2019 - 8:59 pm

Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling (WBBM Newsradio/Jim Gudas)

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WHEELING (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Plans to expand the number of planes using Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling over the next 20 to 30 years were the subject of an open house held Thursday evening at a hotel bordering the airfield.

Jamie Abbott, executive director of Chicago Executive Airport, said the event was meant to give neighbors a chance to hear about the plans but also about ways the airport can help residents who would be affected.

Eligible homes near the airport, for example, will receive noise-proofing, said Abbott, who noted the airport is trying to be a good neighbor.

Some residents attending the open house said they are still concerned about what increased air traffic will mean for their quality of life and property values.

Abbott said the surrounding community will benefit from increased taxes paid by airport users.