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ardecila Jun 30, 2007 9:14 AM

Okay... here's what I don't get. How can the city own land in another municipality? A city isn't a private property owner like a developer or homeowner is. If they buy property elsewhere, don't they have the right to annex it?

Annexations were typically done previously via popular vote in the annexee area, because the city controlled the drinking water and held that over them. This time, the residents have been vacated... so no vote needs to be taken, and the city can annex it immediately. Why is Bensenville being allowed to govern this land that is now OWNED by Chicago? It makes absolutely no sense.

VivaLFuego Jun 30, 2007 2:35 PM

I hope Chicago sues Bensenville in civil court for the additional cost of all the project delays (rising construction costs, lost airline revenue due to the delay in removing flight caps, increased passenger delays, etc.) caused by this, preferably bankrupting that pointless hellhole in the process through legal costs, settlements, etc.

the urban politician Jun 30, 2007 10:21 PM

Bensenville belongs in Arkansas. Can we just move it down there?

nergie Jul 3, 2007 5:52 PM


Originally Posted by Lukecuj (Post 2926982)
Judge stalls demolition for O’Hare expansion
By Justin Kmitch
Posted Friday, June 29, 2007

A DuPage County judge single-handedly shifted Chicago’s bulldozers to neutral Thursday, postponing demolition of Bensenville homes or business until late next month.

The demolition, which would make room for expansion of O’Hare International Airport, was delayed until Circuit Judge Kenneth Popejoy holds a July 25 hearing on a request for a temporary restraining order.

Bensenville attorney Joseph Karaganis filed the emergency request Thursday claiming demolition would violate village regulations and could endanger residents living in the acquisition area.

“We have said since the beginning that we did not want to have a street confrontation with the city of Chicago,” Karaganis said. “We have repeatedly asked the city to follow the rule of law. But until they walked into court today, they have been unwilling to do that.”

Karaganis said Bensenville also might ask the court for a declaratory judgment on the legality of the village’s demolition ordinance. The local law requires Chicago to prove the O’Hare project, which is at least $400 million over budget, can be built.

Chicago had sent Bensenville a notice warning that demolition could begin by Thursday.

O’Hare Modernization Program Executive Director Rosemarie Andolino released a written statement calling the latest court action a small setback.

“The city of Chicago believes it has received all of the necessary approvals, through existing state and federal laws, to proceed with demolition,” the statement read. “We are confident that once the court has had an opportunity to review the facts and issue a ruling, these demolitions can commence.”

Popejoy said he will use the next three weeks to read Bensenville’s 100-page complaint and allow Chicago a chance to respond.

Chicago has acquired or settled on 475 of the 611 Bensenville parcels it needs to expand O’Hare. About 370 of the parcels are vacant and the previous owners have relocated.

How many freaking emergency filings can this a**holes in Benseville file. I can understand Karaganis's reason for prolonging this battle $$$. But come already, can't these idiots realize they have lost and it is their stupidity that is delaying this project and causing cost overruns.

2PRUROCKS! Jul 3, 2007 8:44 PM

Of course they understand that this leads to more delays and cost overruns, it only helps them make their case that the OMP is over budget and behind schedule (even though it is largely their fault). When the headlines read "OMP over budget and behind schedule" few will read the fine print to see Bensenville's culpability.

Mr Man Jul 18, 2007 2:05 AM

Diddn't Chicago annex a part of Des Plaines? Why not do the same to Bensenville because this current lawsuit after lawsuit BS is wasting so many dollars for every party involved.

Why isn't Bensenville bankrupt yet?

the urban politician Jul 18, 2007 3:19 AM


Originally Posted by Lukecuj (Post 2943735)
Chicago officials shrug off the criticism and trepidation the project's early setbacks have created. They maintain the project will be completed, albeit late and over budget.

"There are always different ways to reach a goal," Andolino said.

^ I really love that attitude

ardecila Jul 18, 2007 6:45 AM

Chicago -> :eat: <-Bensenville

Alliance Jul 18, 2007 9:54 AM


Originally Posted by Steely Dan (Post 2396505)
^ it's neccessary for chicago to move forward.

these pissant suburbs should not have the right to stand in the way of mighty chicago. suburbs are stupid and little. chicago is big and important.

if daley II had bigger balls, he'd just send in the CPD '68 convention style and "eliminate" the opposition. that would be fun to see; the mayor of EGV whipped into the bloody pulp at the end of a baton controlled by a foaming at the mouth seargent.

i think more of our regional problems need to be solved with military answers. fuck laws and the courts; it's so much quicker and more decisive when your enemy simply doesn't exist anymore.


Republic of Chicago.:cool:

nomarandlee Jul 26, 2007 4:13 PM

Court Confirms That Airport Owned Property Not Subject To Local

The City of Chicago scored a victory today when the DuPage County
Circuit Court ruled that the property acquired by the City of Chicago in
the Village of Bensenville is "airport property" as defined by the
O’Hare Modernization Act, and therefore is not subject to local

To read the entire press release and view the most up-to-date
information on the OMP, include bid package information and construction

nomarandlee Jul 27, 2007 6:48 AM,4291124.story

Inside an urban ghost town
Bensenville area holdouts watch blocks empty out

By Sara Olkon | Tribune staff reporter
July 27, 2007

A cheerless silence floats over the Bensenville neighborhood that is marked for demolition. Weeds poke through asphalt driveways. A small dog's bark echoes through an entire block. At one home, Christmas lights remain strung across a rooftop. Nearby, a fire hydrant is fitted with an "out of service" sign.

The area is in the path of the massive O'Hare International Airport expansion project, a $15 billion long-term plan that expects to eat up large portions of the east end of this western suburb. Chicago and Bensenville are fighting fiercely in court over the neighborhood's future. But the reality is, most residents have already moved out; those who remain live in a virtual ghost town........

LaSalle.St.Station Jul 27, 2007 8:45 AM

hey did you happen to see the most beautifull girl in the world......

LaSalle.St.Station Jul 27, 2007 8:46 AM

^ good read, The residents of the airport zone have a better grip of eventuality then the political leadership.

Mr Man Jul 28, 2007 12:17 AM

That's a pretty big area.

nomarandlee Jul 28, 2007 12:25 AM

Judge's Order Clarifies Work Omp May Perform On Bensenville Property


Today DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Popejoy expanded on and
clarified his Court Order of Wednesday, July 25th regarding the property
acquired in Bensenville by the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP).

To read the entire press release and view the most up-to-date
information on the OMP, include bid package information and construction
updates, please visit

Chicago2020 Jul 28, 2007 12:56 PM

^^^Thank You^^^

Now lets just finish this thing before 2016 and make O'Hare one of the best airports in the world

nomarandlee Aug 12, 2007 10:09 AM

City to install travel kiosks at Midway, O'Hare
I remember people throwing around this idea (I think over at SSC) a long time ago. Good to see the idea is getting pushed


City to install travel kiosks at Midway, O'Hare

August 12, 2007

..........The kiosks also have a multilingual touch screen monitor with airport transportation information, and an overhead plasma monitor with information about the accessibility of Chicago's tourist attractions.

The Chicago Department of Aviation says nine of these units will be installed at O'Hare and two more are planned for Midway. The department says they'll begin installing the kiosks in the coming months and expect to have all the units in place by early 2008.


BVictor1 Aug 22, 2007 5:24 PM

Tuesday, September 4 at 9 AM

Notice is hereby given that the City Council's Committee on Aviation will meet to consider an ordinance authorizing an annexation of territory located in Franklin Park. The Committee meeting will be held at City Hall, Room 201-A, located at 121 North LaSalle Street, 2nd Floor. For more information, please call 312-744-6841 or visit

Chicago2020 Aug 30, 2007 8:02 PM

So whats going on with O'Hare these days???

I was there the first week of august and i saw the new tower almost completed.

nomarandlee Sep 5, 2007 4:51 AM

O'Hare can use taxes to buy land,7993092.story

O'Hare can use taxes to buy land
FAA approves fees for expansion

By Jon Hilkevitch | Tribune transportation reporter
September 5, 2007

Chicago reached a major milestone Tuesday by receiving federal approval to collect almost $1.3 billion in future air passenger ticket taxes to expand O'Hare International Airport.

In addition to getting help paying for new runways, the approval permits the city to use the ticket taxes to help pay for increases in the cost of acquiring land. The airlines strongly oppose using ticket taxes for land acquisition................

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