A resolution seeking to put an advisory question on the November ballot asking Chicago voters whether the city should establish an elected "Independent Airport Authority" will be unveiled Tuesday.
Members of the council's Progressive Reform Caucus announced the resolution this morning with airport workers and representatives from SEIU* Local 1 and Citizen Action Illinois.
The proposed "Independent Airport Authority," which would have authority over contracts and operations at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports, is designed to "increase accountability and transparency" at the city's airports, according to the union.
"With recent labor unrest at O'Hare Airport and other questionable contracting decisions, the Independent Airport Authority is needed to increase oversight of the Chicago Department of Aviation," SEIU Local 1 said in a media release. "It would also bring Chicago in line with national standards for effective and transparent airport administration."
In a statement provided to Politico, the Chicago Department of Aviation called the proposal "backwards in its approach."
"[I]t should be noted that no other major airport in the country has an elected airport authority," reads the department's statement. "Under Mayor Emanuel we have made major strides at the airports - modernizing terminals, improving the experience for visitors, adding the first gates at O'Hare in 20 years, addressing noise, and we are about to break ground on a new runway at O'Hare. We oppose subjecting thousands of jobs and the economic future of the region to an unknown and untested political process."
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