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Idaho area, Boise, "Idaho County Should Revise Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 24, 1997). The Idaho Statesman reports in an editorial that Ada County's new noise ordinance should be revised to be more flexible, but fair and strict at the same time. The shortcomings of the ordinance were obvious, the editorial says, during a recent outdoor concert and baseball game.
Idaho, Ada County, "Idaho County Passes Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 10, 1997). The Idaho Statesman reports that the Ada County (Idaho) Commission has approved a noise ordinance that bans "loud or offensive" noise that is audible 100 feet or more from the source between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The ordinance covers Boise, Idaho and all other locations in the county.
Idaho, Bellevue, "Boise, Idaho Airport Hopes Congress Will Reconsider Giving Local Authorities the Right to Restrict Noisy Aircraft" (Jan. 7, 2000). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that federal representatives from Boise, Idaho met with residents this week to discuss noise problems from Stage-2 corporate jets at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey. A pending report may encourage Congress to allow cities to restrict noisy aircraft: a right that was taken away in 1990.
Idaho, Boise, "Teen Says Boise's New Noise Ordinance Is Unfair" (Apr. 28, 1997). The Idaho Statesman printed the following editorial from Janelle Wilson, a teenager in Boise, Idaho, regarding the city's new noise ordinance:
Idaho, Boise, "Salvation Army in Boise Fights Order to Build Wall to Protect Neighbors From Noise" (Aug. 31, 1997). The Idaho Statesman reports that the Salvation Army in Boise, Idaho is fighting a directive from the city's Planning and Zoning Commission to build a 10-foot masonry wall at its State Street store to shield nieghbors from noise. The Salvation Army plans to take its case to the Boise City Council on Sept. 9, the article says.
Idaho, Boise, "Boise Considers Ordinance to Control Barking Dogs" (Jul. 28, 1997). The Idaho Statesman reports that city attorneys in Boise, Idaho are drafting an extension of the city's new noise ordinance that would include measures to control barking dogs.
Idaho, Boise, "Home Depot Store in Boise Takes Measures to Reduce Noise, While City Considers Revoking its Permit" (Jun. 17, 1997). The Idaho Statesman reports that the Boise (Idaho) Planning and Zoning Commission discussed at its meeting Monday whether there was enough evidence to justify revoking the conditional-use permit of a Home Depot store at 1200 N. Milwaukee St., after residents complained about noise from the store. Boise Planning Director Wayne Gibbs said the store is making progress in reducing its noise levels, the article says. No decision was made on the permit, and according to Rinda Just, acting chair of the commission, no revocation would occur until the city attorney's office had studied the issue.
Idaho, Boise, "Idaho County to Decide on Exemption to Noise Law Involving Sporting Events and Fairs" (Jun. 26, 1997). The Idaho Statesman reports that Ada County (Idaho) Commissioners will hold a special meeting today to vote on an amendment to the county's noise ordinance that would allow regularly scheduled sporting events and fairs to be exempt from the regulations. The noise ordinance was passed in early June, and prohibits noise that is plainly audible from 100 feet of the source between 10 p.m and 7 a.m. Already exempted from the ordinance are emergency sirens, trains, planes, and authorized fireworks displays. If approved, the new exemption would allow the Boise Hawks Stadium to continue to use their PA system after 10 p.m.
Idaho, Boise, "Idaho Residents' Concerns About Proposed Party Facility Causes Entrepreneur to Withdraw Idea" (Oct. 21, 1997). The Idaho Statesman reports that the Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request for a conditional-use permit for a commercial reception center in a residential neighborhood in Northwest Boise. But the prospective buyer who requested the permit said she will not go forward with plans for the facility because nearby residents are opposed to it. Residents have said they are worried that the center would create noise, congested traffic, and parking problems.
Idaho, Boise, "City and County Noise Ordinances in Idaho Prove Effective" (Oct. 4, 1997). The Idaho Statesman reports that two noise ordinances passed this year in Boise and Ada County, Idaho appear to be working, according to officials. Noise citations are up and complaints are down, they said.
Idaho, Boise, "Idaho Resident Complains About Booming Car Stereos; Police Say Noise Ordinance is in Place, But it's Difficult to Catch Violators in Cars" (Apr. 24, 1998). The Idaho Statesman reports that Jim Asbury, a resident of Boise, Idaho, has complained to police about noise from booming car stereos near the Fairview Avenue and Mitchell Street intersection. Police say they have investigated noise complaints in the area, but have difficulty catching violators in cars with loud stereos.
Idaho, Boise, "Boise City Council Will Consider New Ordinance to Silence Barking Dogs" (Jun. 21, 1998). The Idaho Statesman reports that Boise City Council will be considering a new noise ordinance aimed at barking dogs.
Idaho, Boise, "Boise Commissioners Say New Road to Abate Truck Noise" (Mar. 12, 1998). The Idaho Statesman of Boise reports Ada County Highway District commissioners approved a new road plan to reduce garbage trucks' noise.
Idaho, Boise, "Idaho Environmentalists Fight Air Force Training Range Expansion" (Mar. 12, 1998). The Idaho Statesman reports environmentalists don't believe the Air Force will adequately protect Owyhee Desert wilds from a training range expansion, so they are in Washington, DC, trying to halt the project.
Idaho, Custer County, "Jet Skis Banned or More Heavily Policed on Two Idaho Mountain Lakes" (Jul. 5, 1997). The Idaho Falls Post Register reports that officials in Custer County, Idaho have banned personal watercraft on Stanley Lake, and have decided to more heavily police them on Redfish Lake due to noise complaints from campers, anglers, and others.
Idaho, Eagle, "New Noise Ordinance Has Teeth, Says Eagle City, Idaho" (May 4, 1998). The Idaho Statesman reports a new noise ordinance approved by Eagle City, Idaho, is now in effect. The City Council is confident the new ordinance is enforceable.
Idaho, Inkom, "Inkom, Idaho Residents Complain About a Low-End Noise From a Cement Plant Five Miles Downhill" (May 7, 1999). The Idaho Statesman reports that residents in Inkom, Idaho are complaining about a low-frequency, intermittent sound that seems to be coming from a cement plant five miles away down the hillside. The plant's environmental officer says that the problem may be a kiln shell fan installed two years ago, and has placed a monitoring device at a home on the hillside; they plan to isolate different sounds captured by the device to determine that the sound is coming from them. The plant will consider hiring an acoustical expert if the sound is determined to be from the plant. The sound is heard most often on calm evenings after the nearby Interstate has quieted down.
Idaho, Inkom, "Idaho Cement Company To Study Plant Noise" (Feb. 4, 2000). According to an article from the Associated Press, the Ash Grove Cement Company will fund a second acoustic study to determine the source of a low hum bothering residents in the vicinity of the plant.
Idaho, Inkom, "Idahoans Blame Cement Company for Noise Distrubances" (Jan. 11, 2000). According to the Idaho Statesman, neighbors of the Ash Grove Cement Co. say low hum or vibration from the plant bothers them during the day and keeps them awake at night.
Idaho, Lewiston, "Idaho Sprint Racers Request Permit for New Course after Noise Complaints" (Jan. 19, 1998). The Lewiston Morning Tribune of Lewiston, Idaho, reports that Chapter One Racing is requesting a permit to build a new boat track after noise complaints from a few residents along the Snake River.
Idaho, Lewiston, "Idaho Transportation Department Reluctant to Approve Noise Mitigation Along a Lewiston Road; $11.2-Million Budget Has $960,000 Remaining, But State Wants to Know Costs of Noise Mitigation Before Approval" (Nov. 13, 1999). The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports that the Idaho Transportation Department is reluctant to approve a noise mitigation project that would use extra funds from a recent road construction in Lewiston. The city considers the noise mitigation a top priority, but the state wants to know how much it will cost before committing to it. Residents are upset, and some have even filed suit against the city.
Idaho, Lewiston, "Residents in Bryden Canyon, Idaho Up in Arms Over New Road" (Apr. 2, 2000). The Lewiston Morning Tribune in Idaho reports that a new road in Bryden Canyon, which opened in 1999, has brought nothing but noise and problems to residents who lived there before the road opened. The new road, Bryden Canyon Road, is four lanes wide and connects Southway Bridge and Snake River Avenue to the Orchards. The residents are very displeased with the lack of concern by the city and the city's refusal to follow through on promised noise mitigation.
Idaho, Meridian, "Large Retail Complex Brings Noise and Traffic Concerns to Idaho Residents" (Sep. 25, 1998). The Idaho Statesman reports plans for a retail complex in Meridian, Idaho, continue to spark concerns over noise and traffic from some nearby residents.
Idaho, Mountain Home Airforce Base, "The U.S. Air Force Argues that an 11,269 Acres Expansion Necessary for Improved Training at the Mountain Home Airforce Base in Idaho" (Apr. 5, 1998). The Idaho Statesman's published in their editorial section an article, in question/answer format, from the United States Air Force concerning their proposed expansion of the training range at Mountain Home Air Force Base.
Idaho, Star, "Proposed Gravel Pit in Star, Idaho to be voted on by Ada County Commission" (Jan. 14, 1998). The Idaho Statesman reports that the Ada County Commission will have the final say Thursday on an application for a gravel pit near Star, Idaho. According to the article, the proposed operation would be on about 30 acres of the 600-acre Phillips Bros. Cattle Co. ranch south of the Star city limits. It would remove close to 1 million cubic yards of gravel in the next 10 years. The Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission denied the application for the gravel pit in July 1997, largely because of a public outcry against the project.
Idaho, Sun Valley, "Letters to the Editor, Including a Sun Valley, Idaho Resident Who Suggests Easements as a Solution to Potential Noise Complaints After Airport Expansion" (Sep. 9, 1999). The Idaho Statesman prints several letters to the editor, including one relating to noise. A Sun Valley, Idaho resident notes that easements -- signed by residents waiving their right to complain about jet noise -- could be the answer to quelling noise complaints near the expanding airport.
IL, Arligton Heights, "Arlington, IL Residents Protest Increased Night Noise at O'Hare, Say Flight Path Usage Violates "Fly Quiet" Plan" (Jun. 16, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports Arlington, IL's village board is getting fed up with increased noise at O'Hare International Airport. The board says the extra noise is caused by greater use of the airport's southeast-to-northeast runways, which the board says runs contrary to the recommended patterns of Chicago's "Fly Quiet" program.
IL, Chicago, "Chicago Mayor Makes Effort To Quiet The Suburbs Affected By International Airport" (Apr. 29, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that the complaints of suburban neighborhoods against O'Hare International Airport have culminated into an important political issue by suburban officials over the past two decades. Statewide political candidates have been supporting the fight against noise pollution since 1990, and Chicago and the airlines have been unsuccessful in their bid to build another runway.
IL, Evanston, "Chicago Suburb Bans Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers" (Sep. 1996). Conscious Choice reports that the Chicago suburb of Evanston has recently passed strict regulations against gas-powered leaf blowers. As of August 1, 1996, use of gas-powered leaf blowers is banned between May 15 and September 30. The blowers may be used only between April 1 and May 14 and between October 1 and December 15. Furthermore, the city council prohibits the blowers be used before 7 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends. The blowers can reach a decibel reading as high as 90 or 100.
IL, Long Grove, "Long Grove, IL Golf Course Owners Protest Time Limits on Noisy Mowing" (Jun. 15, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports golf course operators in Long Grove, IL say a proposed noise ordinance limiting hours of use for mowers and other such equipment will not allow them sufficient time for course maintenance.
IL, Naperville, "Naperville, IL Seeks to Refine Its Noise Ordinances" (Jun. 17, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the city of Naperville, IL has moved from tackling noisy car stereos to completely remaking all its noise-related ordinances.
Ill., Roselle, "Illinois Airport Plans To Monitor Airplane Noise (May27, 1999)." (May 27, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that esidents near Schaumburg Airport have registered so many complaints about airplane noise that airport officials are now monitoring noise levels. Officials added, according to the report, that pilots have emphasized their intent to be as considerate as possible of residents in the area.
Illinois, "Illinois Correctional Officer Awarded Disability Benefits for Work-Related Hearing Loss" (Nov. 17, 1997). The Illinois Workers' Compensation Law Bulletin reports that a correctional officer was awarded permanent partial disability benefits by the Commission, after he suffered hearing loss and a constant, high-pitched tone when an inmate slammed a steel door next to his ear.
Illinois, "Enforce Noise Abatement Laws on Illinois' Waterways, Says Editorial" (Aug. 10, 1998). The Chicago Tribune published an editorial criticizing the lack of enforcement of quiet boating on Illinois' inland waterways.
Illinois, "Illinois General Assembly's Noise Law Struck Down Because It Bans Music But Not Advertisements From Being Heard At 75 Feet" (Nov. 26, 1999). The Chicago Tribune prints an editorial which explains that a noise law, passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 1990, has been overturned because it played favorites with forms of expression by exempting advertising noise.
Illinois area, Chicago, ""Hush House" Is the Latest Noise Mitigation Measure at Chicago's O'Hare Airport" (May 2, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that in order to mitigate noise from nighttime aircraft engine maintenance tests at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, a "hush house," or a Ground Run-Up Enclosure, has been built to muffle the noise at the north end of the airport. The enclosure is the first one built at a commercial airport in the U.S.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Chicago and Suburb of Bensenville Argue Over Who Can Talk at Public Meeting About Airport Soundproofing Plan" (Aug. 3, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that officials in Bensenville, Illinois invited residents to a meeting Tuesday to learn about how and when soundproofing would be done in a program to dampen jet noise from O'Hare International Airport. The article says that Chicago aviation officials were furious when they weren't allowed to do the talking, but contractors were.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Chicago Suburbs Say Jet Traffic as Noisy as Ever After Mayor's "Fly Quiet" Plan Introduced" (Jul. 13, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the new "Fly Quiet" program at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport isn't working, according to officials from some suburbs. The voluntary program was launched June 17 in an attempt to get pilots and air traffic controllers to undertake routes and procedures that will help mitigate jet noise. The program included diverting nighttime flights to unpopulated areas and quieting engine tests on the runways.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Airlines Agree to Follow Flight Paths to Reduce Nighttime Jet Noise Over Chicago" (Jun. 18, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that executives from United and American Airlines serving Chicago's O'Hare Airport agreed Tuesday to follow long-ignored flight paths designed to reduce nighttime jet noise that disturbs suburban residents. The flight paths call for pilots to fly over industrial parks, railroad tracks, forest preserves, and expressways at night. The flight paths are already in place, but according to Aviation Commissioner Mary Rose Loney, they have been "largely ignored due to unawareness." Loney maintains that compliance will increase now that airlines and the unions representing air traffic controllers and pilots have backed the plan.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Chicago's New "Fly Quiet" Program Designed to Get Pilots to Comply With Noise Abatement Procedures" (Jun. 27, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports in an editorial that although Chicago has had noise abatement procedures in place for years for flights at O'Hare International and Midway Airports, some airline pilots and air-traffic controllers have not been following the procedures, having other priorities on their minds. The editorial says that now, due to the intervention of Mayor Richard Daley and his new commissioner of aviation and their "Fly Quiet" program, the airlines may actually come around and follow the procedures.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Lawsuit Between Chicago Suburb and City Over Soundproofing Against Airport Noise is Settled" (Jul. 4, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that a lawsuit brought in May by the village of Bensenville (Illinois) against the city of Chicago, alleging that the city had ignored Bensenville and other member towns in the Suburban O'Hare Commission in picking homes for soundproofing this year, has been settled. Under the terms of the settlement, an additional $11.4 million will be spent this year on soundproofing near the O'Hare International Airport for 344 more homes in Bensenville, Des Plaines, and unincorporated parts of DuPage and Cook Counties. Meanwhile, the chair of the recently formed O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission hoped the settlement would be the beginning of a more cooperative effort to solve airport noise problems, but members of the Suburban O'Hare Commission continued to insist that the Noise Compatibility Commission, formed by Chicago's mayor, was simply a mouthpiece for the city.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Chicago and Suburban Group Both Test Aircraft Noise" (Jun. 12, 1997). National Public Radio reports that the city of Chicago and the suburbs that surround O'Hare International Airport have both unveiled high-tech equipment to determine how loud the airport really is. Although both parties, which have been fighting about airport noise for years, originally agreed to share their independent noise data, that agreement has broken down.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Vans in Chicago Suburbs Ready to Log O'Hare Airport Noise" (May 22, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that Wednesday, six new noise monitoring vans were officially placed in service by the Suburban O'Hare Commission, a group of 11 suburbs that opposes expansion of the O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Arlington Heights Takes a Step Toward Joining Supporters of a Third Airport in Chicago Area" (Dec. 2, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Village Board in Arlington Heights, Illinois has asked its Advisory Committee on O'Hare International Airport noise to consider the merits of joining a coalition of supporters of a third airport in the Chicago area. If Arlington Heights decides to join the coalition, the article reports, it would be the first northwest suburb other than those in the Suburban O'Hare Commission (a group opposed to O'Hare expansion) to back a third airport.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Chicago Airport Construction is Likely to Send More Jet Noise Over Some Neighborhoods" (Apr. 22, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois has started its annual maintenance project to repair roadways, taxiways, and runways. The project, which will cost at least $25 million, is likely to bring more noise to some suburbs and less noise to other suburbs.
Illinois area, Chicago, "U.S. Senate Strikes a Deal for 30 More Flights at Chicago Airport Instead of 100" (Jul. 17, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a U.S. Senate committee brokered an agreement Thursday that calls for 30 more daily commercial takeoffs and landings at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport instead of the 100 flights proposed last week. The article notes that the revised bill still must be approved by the full Senate and then reconciled with a House bill that calls for 29 new daily commercial flights.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Senate Plan to Add Flights at Chicago Airport Draws Angry Reaction from Local Residents and Officials" (Jul. 9, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that activists in the Chicago, Illinois area are angry about a bill in the Senate that would add 100 daily flights at O'Hare International Airport. The bill is scheduled for a vote in a Senate committee today, the article notes. It would still need the approval of the full Senate, and then would need to be reconciled with a House bill.
Illinois area, Chicago, "OHare Noise Compatibility Commission Marks First Year" (Mar. 7, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission marked its first anniversary Friday by noting its achievements.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Chicago Looks for Consultant to Discourage Plans for a Third Chicago-Area Airport" (Mar. 23, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago mayor's administration is searching for a public relations expert who would help discourage the idea of a third Chicago-area airport at a cost of about $180,000 per year. The consultant hired will help develop a strategy to defeat the movement for a regional airport near rural Peotone, and to prevent any of the more than $100 million in passenger taxes that Chicago collects annually at O'Hare International and Midway Airports from being used to build or operate a competing facility, according to city documents. The money to pay for the consultant would come out of the $3 tax on airline passengers at O'Hare and Midway.
Illinois area, Chicago, "Suburbs Don't Get Promised Reimbursement for Noise Monitors from Chicago, so They Turn to State for Money" (Mar. 26, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that a year ago, Chicago suburbs disturbed by noise from the O'Hare International Airport bought a noise monitoring system that was supposed to be paid for by the City of Chicago. But the money from Chicago never arrived, the article says, and now the suburban mayors have asked the Illinois Department of Transportation to pick up the cost, amounting to $787,000.
Illinois, Addison, "Addison, Illinois Hires Consultant to Determine if Sound Wall Would Effectively Reduce Highway Noise, Although Some Say Addison Couldn't Afford the Wall Anyway" (Oct. 15, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Addison, Illinois has decided to hire a noise consultant to determine whether a noise wall could ease noise for residents in the Oak Mill neighborhood. Some officials say the the city would have trouble paying for the $1-million-per-mile wall even if it would help. Proponents hope to get half of the money from Illinois' FIRST construction program, and to get the rest from other grants or by postponing less important village projects.
Illinois, Addison, "Addison, Illinois Officials Approve Noise Study to Determine Potential Effectiveness of a Noise Wall on Interstate 290" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that officials in Addison, Illinois have approved a noise study which will determine whether a noise wall on Interstate 290 could effectively reduce traffic noise in the community. The study will cost $30,000, and if a noise wall is deemed effective, officials say they will pursue their half of the wall cost -- which would be about $500,000 -- from the state's FIRST program and other state grants.
Illinois, Addison, "Addison, Illinois Officials Approve Study on I-290 Highway Noise" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Addison, Illinois officials have approved a $25,000 study to determine whether a noise wall along Interstate 290 would help muffle noise. Officials are past their fears that they may not be able to obtain money for the wall if it were deemed necessary; several state grant programs are available and several community projects may be postponed.
Illinois, Addison, "Addison, Illinois Toughens Noise Ordinance to Address Loud Car Stereos" (Jan. 28, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Addison, Illinois has changed its noise ordinance to prohibit stereos systems or mufflers from being heard 75 feet away from a vehicle.
Illinois, Ankeny, "Illinois Shooting Range Faces County Opposition Over Staying Open" (Jul. 7, 1999). According to the Des Moines Register, an indoor shooting range in rural Polk County is in danger of closing because its neighbors and county officials claim the noise is too much. They want it to move to a new location.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Chicago Suburb Votes to Support Federal Bill to Fund Noise Office at EPA" (Sep. 4, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that village trustees in Arlington Heights, Illinois voted unanimously Tuesday to support a federal bill that would fund a noise abatement office in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The legislation is known as the Quiet Communities Act of 1997, and is currently being reviewed by committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Arlington Heights has long been involved in a fight against O'Hare International Airport over aircraft noise.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Chicago Area Considers Third Airport To Reduce Noise From O'Hare" (Dec. 3, 1997). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the Arlington Heights (Illinois) Advisory Committee is considering whether a third Chicago airport would reduce noise from O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Arlington Heights Noise Group Says Third Airport Won't Reduce Noise" (Apr. 22, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that in February, the Arlington Heights Village Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise voted against joining a coalition that supports building a third regional airport. However, committee discussions on the topic continue.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Chicago Suburb Committee Set to Make Final Decision on Supporting a Third Area Airport" (Apr. 22, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Village Board in Arlington Heights, Illinois has asked the Arlington Heights Village Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise to make a final decision on whether the village should support a third regional airport in the Chicago area. The article notes that the committee voted against joining a coalition that supports building a third airport in the Peotone area in February, saying a third airport would not reduce jet noise in Arlington Heights. The committee will take up the issue again at its May 19 meeting.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise Want Compliance with Night-time Flight Rules" (Aug. 19, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the Village of Arlington Heights is fuming about O'Hare's noncompliance with nightime-flying rules.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "No New Noise Monitor for Chicago Area's Fly Quiet Program" (Aug. 20, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a noise committee for the village of Arlington Heights debated whether to get a second stationary monitor from the city of Chicago. According to Trustee Virginia Kucera, the committee's vice chairwoman, failure to reach a consensus meant the village would not be getting a second monitor for tracking O'Hara aircraft noise.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Chicago Community Opts Against Third Airport Because Of Noise Pollution" (Feb. 18, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Arlington Heights, Illinois recently voted not to join a Chicago area coalition in support of a third airport due to concerns over noise pollution.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Chicago Community Rejects Third Airport" (Feb. 19, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that Arlington Heights, Illinois has chosen to reject the idea of a third Chicago area airport in a recent vote.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Illinois Community Considers Whether To Back Third Chicago Area Airport" (Feb. 17, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Arlington Heights Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise will gather to hear more testimony about the need for a new airport near Peotone, in Will County, to curb expansion of O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Arlington Heights, Illinois Must Decide Whether to Join Group Calling for a Third Chicago Area Airport" (Jan. 13, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports many eyes will be watching tonight as the Arlington Heights, Illinois Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise takes up the question of whether the village should join a pro-third airport group. While many south and west suburban communities have joined the Partnership for Metropolitan Chicago's Airport Future, Arlington Heights would be the first Northwest suburb outside of Suburban O'Hare Committee members Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village and Park Ridge, Illinois to join. "People are looking to see what Arlington will do," said Trustee Virginia Kucera, who will chair the committee's 7:30 p.m. meeting in the council room at village hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road. "We're going to have a thorough discussion."
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Sound Walls For Existing Illinois Roads Built at Community's Expense" (Jan. 11, 1998). A Daily Herald article answered reader's questions about traffic problems and road construction, with one question referring to sound wall construction along current roads.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Arlington Heights Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise to Update Goals" (Jun. 23, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports the village of Arlington Heights has requested the Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise re-issue their plan for mitigating airplane noise in the village's airspace.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Chicago Suburb Discusses Supporting Third Regional Airport to Lessen Noise from O'Hare" (Mar. 3, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that village trustees in Arlington Heights, Illinois met Monday to discuss whether they should support a group that is lobbying for a third regional airport at Peotone in an attempt to lessen noise problems at O'Hare International Airport. About 25 people attended the meeting, and politicians outside the village sent their comments.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Noise Group Lists Goals in Fighting Noise from Chicago's O'Hare Airport" (Nov. 18, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports an advisory committee in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is ready to present their new strategic plan to fight noise from O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Arlington Heights Questions O'Hare's Compliance with Fly Quiet Program" (Sep. 17, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports an increase in the number of residents' complaints about noise from Illinois' O'Hare International Airport is causing Arlington Heights officials to question the City of Chicago about compliance with nighttime flying procedures.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Arlington Heights Updates Plans to Fight Noise at Chicago's O'Hare Airport" (Sep. 17, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports Arlington Heights' Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise began drafting a new battle plan this week to fight airplane noise.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Illinois Residents Object to Regulation of Law Mower and Snow Blower Noise" (Sep. 14, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald published the following letters it received from Arlington Heights, Illinois, citizens in response to a report that the Arlington Heights Environmental Control Commission said it was looking at limiting the hours when people can operate lawn mowers. The first letter is from Jan Berkley:
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Most Residents in Chicago Suburb Object to Proposed Regulation of Lawn Mower Noise" (Sep. 14, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald published a second set of letters from Arlington Heights, Illinois, residents responding to an article that reported the Arlington Heights Environmental Control Commission was considering imposing restrictions on homeowners' use of lawn mowers and snow blowers to regulate noise. Included as well are two letters from residents addressing other noise issues in Arlington Heights. The first letter about lawn mower noise is from resident Cathy Robertson:
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Arlinton Heights Noise Panel Opposes Expansion at O'Hare" (Feb. 18, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports members of an Arlington Heights, Illinois, advisory panel on aircraft noise voted Tuesday to oppose expansion at O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Arlington Hts. Trustees Request Residents' Noise Complaints about O'Hare Airport" (Feb. 9, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports village trustees in Arlington Heights, Illinois, asked residents to voice their concerns over aircraft noise and pressure state legislators about quality-of-life issues.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Two New Terminals Proposed at O'Hare Airport Bring Noise Questions" (Feb. 6, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the chairman of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission on Friday asked for an analysis of how plans for two new terminals at O'Hare International Airport will affect noise in surrounding communities.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Arlington Heights Panel Says O'Hare is Ignoring "Fly Quiet" Noise Abatement Program" (Mar. 18, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the Arlington Heights Village Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise plans to meet with O'Hare officials in an effort to convince the airport to turn down the volume.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Arlington Heights Officials Cite Low Compliance with O'Hare Noise Commission's Fly Quiet Program" (Mar. 24, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the board of trustees in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is closely watching the city-suburban O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission these days and voicing its concerns about noise.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Chicago Official Insists Expanded O'Hare Terminal Won't Mean More Noise" (Mar. 26, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports a Chicago official on Thursday defended Mayor Daley's planned terminal expansion at O'Hare International Airport as one that will not increase noise.
Illinois, Arlington Heights, "Chicago Area Airport Committee Promises More Pro-Active Position on Reducing Noise" (Feb. 16, 2000). According to the Chicago Daily Herald, Arlington Heights' Advisory Committee on O'Hare Noise
Illinois, Aurora, "Illinois City Considers Extending Nighttime Noise Ordinance to Businesses" (Jun. 26, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Aurora (Illinois) City Council Government Operations Committee is considering extending a nighttime noise prohibition that now applies to homes, to cover businesses adjacent to residential areas.
Illinois, Aurora, "Neighborhood Group and Local Illinois City Police Work Together to Enforce Anti-Noise Law" (Jun. 24, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that an effort in Aurora, Illinois to enforce a noise ordinance directed at blaring stereos from vehicles has combined the forces of the Near West Side Neighborhood Association with community police officers. Under "Operation Boombox," as the effort is called, residents in the neighborhood group use two-way radios to notify nearby squad cars if they hear a blaring vehicle stereo, allowing police officers to arrive quickly at the scene and determine whether a violation has occurred. If so, officers can impound the vehicle, the article says.
Illinois, Bannnockburn, "Illinois Village Fights for Sound Wall to Muffle Tollway Noise" (Feb. 18, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the village of Bannockburn, Illinois, has launched a campaign to block tollway noise from the community.
Illinois, Bannockburn, "Illinois Residents Challenge Traffic Noise Standards to Get Noise Barrier Built along Tollway" (Feb. 26, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the town of Bannockburn, Illinois, has challenged the state highway authority over noise standards in an effort to get a sound wall built between the community and the highway.
Illinois, Bannockburn, "Illinois Residents Petition Governor for Noise Wall along Tollway" (Mar. 4, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports a group of Bannockburn, Illinois, residents will petition the Governor for a noise wall to block traffic noise from the Tri-State Tollway.
Illinois, Batavia, "Illinois City Passes Ordinance to Quiet Outdoor Music" (Jun. 20, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that the City Council in Batavia, Illinois has approved changes to the current municipal code aimed at quieting outdoor music.
Illinois, Bensenville, "Chicago Suburb Prepares for Soundproofing from Aircraft Noise" (Nov. 26, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Bensenville (Illinois) committee of the whole met Tuesday night with more than 40 residents whose homes will be soundproofed against noise from air traffic at O'Hare International Airport. The soundproofing will be paid for with money from a settlement of a Bensenville lawsuit against the city of Chicago.
Illinois, Bensenville, "Bensenville, Illinois Village Board Plans to Continue Soundproofing of Homes Nearest Chicago's O'Hare Airport Despite Shift in Noise Impact Areas Indicated by 1999 Computer Modeling" (May 1, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Village Board of Bensenville, Illinois will continue to give soundproofing priority to homes located closest to Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The latest noise-maps from the Chicago Department of Aviation that show the 70-decibel impact area shifting northeast and away from Bensenville. Bensenville officials say the maps are ridiculous, saying that they are based on computer models when they had agreed with the airport to use actual noise monitor data. The Aviation Department funds soundproofing of homes in areas where noise impacts reach or exceed 70 decibels over a 24-hour period.
Illinois, Bensenville, "Illinois Town Fears Politics will Result in Loss of Soundproofing Money to Mitigate Noise from O'Hare" (Feb. 25, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the town Bensenville, Illinois, believes it will lose soundproofing funds to mitigate noise from O'Hare International Airport due to political maneuvering.
Illinois, Bensenville, "Bensenville, Illinois -- located near O'Hare Airport --to Continue Selecting Homes for Soundproofing by Block Instead of Along Noise Contour Lines to Avoid Resentment Between Neighbors" (Jun. 7, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Village Board of Bensenville, Illinois -- a Chicago suburb affected by aircraft noise from O'Hare airport -- will continue to select homes for soundproofing by block. The airport's noise contour lines sometimes designate only portions of a given block as eligible for soundproofing, but the Board holds that soundproofing only part of a block is arbitrary and can cause resentment among neighbors.
Illinois, Bensenville, "Bensenville, Illinois Settles Airport Noise Dispute with Chicago; Bensenville List of Homes to Soundproof Will Be Used, Despite Chicago's Original Opposition" (Nov. 7, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that a U.S. District Court approved a settlement in an airport noise suit between Bensenville, Illinois and Chicago. Chicago originally rejected Bensenville's list of homes to be soundproofed, and replaced it with their own list. The settlement allows Bensenville to select the homes.
Illinois, Bensenville, "Bensenville, Illinois Wins Choice of Which Homes Will Be Soundproofed by Chicago O'Hare Airport Funds; Bensenville Wants to Soundproof By Community, and Accused Chicago's Alternative Home Selections as Discriminatory to Hispanic Neighborhoods" (Nov. 6, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that Bensenville, Illinois has won the right to choose which homes will be soundproofed in its community by Chicago O'Hare Airport funds. This particular article differs by bringing up the issue of environmental justice in the choice of homes.
Illinois, Bloomington, "Noise Mitigation Measures are Long Overdue at Illinois Airport" (Jul. 20, 1997). The Pantagraph printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Lois and Eugene Perrine, residents of Bloomington, Illinois, regarding proposed noise mitigation measures at the Bloomington-Normal Airport:
Illinois, Bloomington, "Nostalgic Ice Cream Trucks Considered a Dangerous Nuisance in Cites throughout the United States" (May 27, 1998). The Pantagraph publishes an article discussing the variety of laws and restrictions on ice cream trucks that have popped up across the county.
Illinois, Buffalo Grove, "Experts Disagree on Noise Levels from Peaker Power Plant in Buffalo Grove, Illinois" (Apr. 20, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reported that a proposed peaker power plant in Libertyville was the subject of a noise controversy at the 12th public hearing in the town of Buffalo Grove.
Illinois, Chain O' Lakes, "Illinois Boaters Object to Lake Noise Ordinance" (Mar. 26, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports a number of Illinois residents are protesting a new ordinance that regulates noise from boats.
Illinois, Chain O' Lakes, "Deputies in Chain O' Lakes Area of Illinois Will Test Powerboats for Compliance with New Noise Ordinance" (May 19, 1999). Chicago Tribune reports that marine police will be on hand to help powerboaters determine if their boats are within the new noise limits set by Fox Waterway Agency on the Chain O' Lakes near Chicago. The limit is 90 decibels, but passing under the limit does not mean a boater can not receive a ticket this season; it is meant to give boaters an idea of whether they need to take steps to quiet their engines.
Illinois, Chenoa, "Grain Elevator Near Illinois Homes Causes Many Noise and Air Pollution Problems" (Oct. 16, 1997). The Pantagraph printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Dave Ellis, a rural Chenoa, Illinois resident, regarding the noise and air pollution caused by a grain elevator near his home:
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago and Suburbs Argue Over Soundproofing for Multi-Family Dwellings" (Aug. 12, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that officials from Chicago and nearby Bensenville are arguing with each other over who is responsible for excluding apartments and condominiums from the program to soundproof buildings against jet noise from O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago O'Hare Airport Noise Fight Shows No Sign of Abating" (Aug. 10, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the long-standing fight between the City of Chicago and the suburbs over aircraft noise from O'Hare Airport has shown no sign of abating this summer, even with the implementation of the city's "Fly Quiet" program. The article summarizes the history of the fight, as well as the major issues and proposed solutions.
Illinois, Chicago, "Editors Advise Giving Chicago's "Fly Quiet" Nighttime Aircraft Noise Reduction Plan Another Chance" (Aug. 4, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times printed an editorial which argues that Chicago's "Fly Quiet" voluntary nighttime noise reduction plan for O'Hare International Airport flights should be given a second chance. The program has only been underway for a month, the article points out, and deserves a longer chance to see if it will work.
Illinois, Chicago, "Residents in Chicago Lobby for Noise Walls" (Aug. 6, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports hundreds of residents along Chicago's tollways, including those in the Orchard Brook, Hoffman Estates, and Burr Ridge subdivisions, have petitioned the Illinois Toll Highway Authority to build noise barriers. Officials from the authority, however, are making no promises about building noise barriers, which they say are expensive.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago's Airport Noise Commission Wants Pilots to Use Full Length of Runway for Takeoffs to Reduce Noise" (Sep. 6, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, a city-suburban group working on noise issues at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, asked federal regulators Friday to require pilots taking off at night to use the full length of a runway in order to avoid flying at a low altitude over the northwest suburbs. The commission's action comes as noise complaints from residents are rising, the article says.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Area High School Presses City For Soundproofing From Airport Noise" (Dec. 19, 1997). Chicago Daily Herald reports that Immaculate Conception High School's hopes of getting Chicago to pay more for airplane soundproofing are growing a bit brighter.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago's "Fly Quiet" Program A Sham" (Dec. 18, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that six months after Mayor Daley's "Fly Quiet" program at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, area residents are still complaining about aircraft noise. Some residents say noise is worse.
Illinois, Chicago, "Surprising Allies Rally For A Third Chicago Airport" (Dec. 15, 1997). USA Today reports that a suburban Republican conservative and an inner-city preacher's son and Democrat have bonded to get funds and support to build a controversial third airport about 45 miles south of Chicago, the nation's transportation hub.
Illinois, Chicago, "Another Chicago Area Community Joins Forces To Quiet Airport Noise" (Dec. 27, 1997). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Chicago area residents continue to clamor over the noise from O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Area School Sues City For Soundproofing From Airport Noise" (Dec. 25, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that The Chicago Department of Aviation and the Immaculate Conception School in Elmhurst are struggling through a lawsuit over soundproofing for the school.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Area Builds Berm To Shelter Homes From Traffic Noise" (Dec. 13, 1997). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that about 1.1 million cubic yards, will be used to build a berm along Interstate 290 from Addison to Mill roads to protect nearby houses and condominiums from traffic noise.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Noise Pollution Activists Struggle for Airplane Curfews" (Dec. 11, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that Jack Saporito, activist against airport noise and pollution, sits alone in his Arlington Heights home pondering his next move: trying to get a curfew on overnight flights at O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Has Soundproofed 600 Suburban Homes to Compensate for Jet Noise" (Aug. 1997). Governing Magazine reports that Chicago officials have soundproofed more than 600 homes in an effort to satisy homeowners disturbed by jet noise from O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Anti-Airport Group Dismisses Mayor's New "Fly Quiet" Plan" (Jun. 17, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Chicago Mayor Daley, along with airline executives, is scheduled to announce an anti-noise initiative today called the "Fly Quiet" plan. The plan reportedly calls for pilots to fly over non-residential areas during nighttime hours, including industrial parks, railroad tracks, forest preserves, and expressways. But according to the Suburban O'Hare Commission, a group fighting O'Hare Airport expansion, Daley's plan is a ploy to lay the groundwork for new runways.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Mayor's New Program to Address O'Hare Airport Noise Doesn't Satisfy Critics" (Jun. 18, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced Tuesday a cooperative venture to quiet nighttime jet noise around O'Hare International and Midway Airports. The mayor was joined by Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder, who is also chair of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission. But other suburbanites interpreted Daley's move as a precursor to airport expansion, and said the initiative is an old, unworkable plan with a new name.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Agrees to Soundproof More Homes in the Suburbs, Settling Lawsuit" (Jul. 2, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that hundreds more homes around Chicago's O'Hare International Airport will be insulated against jet noise under the settlement terms of a lawsuit between the Village of Bensenville and the City of Chicago. Chicago has agreed to spend $11.4 million more by the year's end to soundproof 344 additional homes in Bensenville, Des Plaines, and unincorporated portions of DuPage and Cook Counties. The city originally had planned to spend $21 million to insulate 624 homes in Northlake, Schiller Park, and parts of unincorporated Cook County.
Illinois, Chicago, "Lawyer for Chicago Anti-Noise Airport Group Plays Hardball" (May 16, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that Joe Karaganis has been the lead lawyer for 13 years for the Suburban O'Hare Commission, a group of 11 suburbs northwest of Chicago fighting noise and runway expansion at O'Hare Airport. The article profiles Karaganis, and contrasts the ways in which he has earned the animosity of some city and airline officials and the devotion of his clients.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Suburb Supports Third Airport" (Nov. 24, 1997). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Arlington Heights, Illinois will consider joining a new group touting a third regional airport to open by 2005.
Illinois, Chicago, "Illinois City Supports Plan For Third Airport" (Nov. 25, 1997). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the City Council of Des Plaines, Illinois unanimously supported a third airport as an alternative to new runways at O'Hare
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Area Considers Third Airport" (Dec. 4, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago officials are meeting to consider a third airport in the Chicago area rather than an expansion of O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Illinois Town Asks Why O'Hare Airport Does Not Follow Noise Abatement Procedures" (Dec. 3, 1997). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the town of Arlington Heights, Illinois is sending a letter this week to the city of Chicago asking why O'Hare is not following the "Fly Quiet" noise abatement procedures.
Illinois, Chicago, "United Airlines Reduces Noise Emissions Early" (Sep. 8, 1997). M2 Presswire released a press release from United Airlines that says the airline will have reduced the aircraft noise emissions of its fleet by 25% more than federal standards require by the end of this year. The announcement came today during a meeting of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago's Noise Law Impounds Cars Blasting Music" (Apr. 13, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that in the last year thousands of Chicagoans have had their cars impounded, some for violating the city code governing Noise and Vibration Control.
Illinois, Chicago, "Will New Flight Patterns across the U.S. Mitigate Noise?" (Apr. 15, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports the national network of air traffic routes will be redrawn to reduce flight delays and noise on the ground, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Illinois, Chicago, "Two Chicago Area Schools Get $6 Million in Soundproofing Against Airport Noise" (Apr. 25, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater announced that two Chicago area schools will get $6 million in grants for soundproofing against noise from O'Hare and Midway airports. In addition, Slater announced grants of $6.9 million to other Chicago airport projects, and $14.3 million for other Illinois airport projects.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Must Fund Study to Soundproof School from O'Hare Noise" (May 1, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports the city of Chicago was ordered to pay for engineering plans showing the differences between its proposal to soundproof Immaculate Conception Schools in Elmhurst and the proposal submitted by school officials. Chicago will pay about $100,000 for the comparison.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Suburb Will Continue to Work with Two O'Hare Noise Groups Despite Vote" (Apr. 26, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports the Des Plaines City Council opted against joining the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission. But a vote for one group doesn't necessarily mean disapproval of the other group, according to city officials.
Illinois, Chicago, "Lawsuit Continues; Chicago Will Pay for Cost Estimates to Soundproof Church" (May 1, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports city administrators tentatively agreed to pay for an estimate of the costs of soundproofing a Catholic school and church in Elmhurst that are suing the city over O'Hare Airport noise.
Illinois, Chicago, "More Flights at O'Hare or a Third Airport? No Agreement." (Apr. 28, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports O'Hare critics are angered by a plan to add 53 daily commuter flights at O'Hare Airport. Their protests are fueling arguments for a third airport at Peotone.
Illinois, Chicago, "Night Flights Upset Neighbors Near O’Hare International Airport" (Aug. 4, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports an increase in overnight flights at O'Hare International Airport. The increase is being publicized by Chicago's Fly Quiet program, and organized effort established last year to help reduce noise at the world's busiest airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Airport Activist Calls New O'Hare Flight Path Plans 'Two-Lane Highways'" (Sep. 5, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports new flight path plans favored by the Federal Aviation Administration at O'Hare International Airport are causing alarm in airport activists who fear more flights, along with increased noise and pollution.
Illinois, Chicago, "New Flight-Control Plan at O'Hare Raises Concerns from Activists and Traffic Controllers" (Sep. 4, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to reconfigure flight paths for the Chicago area's airspace has launched a debate over whether the plan is a part of a strategy to increase flights at O'Hare International Airport. Meanwhile, air traffic controllers voice their safety concerns about the new flight plan.
Illinois, Chicago, "O'Hare Air Traffic Noise on the Rise in Chicago Neighborhoods; Frustrated Noise Panel Wants FAA Help" (Sep. 4, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports despite the efforts of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, the noise problem at O'Hare appears to be worsening. Commission members are requesting from the Federal Aviation Administration stronger support of a plan to steer aircraft away from residential areas.
Illinois, Chicago, "Soundproofing Costs Mount Up In Chicago Area Schools" (Feb. 25, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that soundproofing is underway at Chicago area schools to protect schools from airport noise, but the price is high.
Illinois, Chicago, "An Editorial in Favor of the Rake Over the Leaf Blower" (Jan. 11, 1998). An editorial in the Chicago Tribune argues against leaf blowers and for the old fashioned, quiet rake. The editorial claims that gas powered leaf blowers make bad neighbors. And while, the editorial admits, the sickening, high-pitched leaf-blower whine is only a memory in January, it is not too early to begin efforts in your city, town, village, suburb or exurb to get the damned things outlawed by the fall.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Department of Aviation Member Defends City and Airport's Noise Program" (Jan. 22, 1998). The Chicago Tribune printed a letter from Dennis Culloton, member of the city's Department of Aviation. In the following letter, Culloton defends the noise reduction efforts of the city of Chicago and O'Hare Airport. Culloton writes:
Illinois, Chicago, "Fewer Flights, More Passengers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Says Airport Official" (Jan. 8, 1998). Chicago Daily Herald reports that newly released statistics show fewer planes are taking off and landing at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois where aircraft noise has angered many in nearby suburbs. Chicago aviation commissioner Mary Rose Loney said at a recent meeting with suburban business and elected leaders that the number of flights in 1997 dropped about 2 percent from the previous year, from 909,000 to an estimated 890,000. However, some airport noise activists claim that these numbers are too low.
Illinois, Chicago, "Congressional Plan to Add Flights at Chicago Airport Draws Sharp Outcry from Residents" (Jul. 12, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports residents living near the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois last week sharply protested a proposal by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) to add 129 commercial flights per day at the airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Ariz. Sen. McCain Backs Proposal to Add More Flights at O'Hare; Chicago Area Residents Outraged" (Jul. 9, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports Chicago area residents reacted with outrage to a U.S. Senate proposal to add 100 daily flights at O'Hare Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Opinions Regarding the Utility of Expansion at Chicago's O'Hara International Airport Verses Construction of a Third Chicago Airport Debated" (Jun. 19, 1998). The Chicago Herald reports that the city of Chicago is projecting 200 more flights a day at O'Hare International Airport within the next 15 years. However, Illinois state transportation officials believe the growth in jet traffic at the world's busiest airport will be substantially higher. At stake in the dispute between those two estimates for growth is the issue of whether a third airport is needed in the Chicago area.
Illinois, Chicago, "Village Officials for Arlington Heights Displeased with Increased Noise from Chicago's O'Hara International Airport" (Jun. 20, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the village of Arlington Heights, Illinois is divided over how best to state the its displeasure with the increased level of noise and air pollution generated by nearby O'Hara International Airport, the world's busiest airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Group Meets with Pilots to Discuss Ways to Reduce Suburban Noise from O'Hare" (Jul. 1, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports members of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission met with two chief pilots from United and American airlines Tuesday to brainstorm ideas for reducing noise pollution in the Northwest suburbs.
Illinois, Chicago, "Illinois Transportation Official Ties New Runway at O'Hare to Future Success of Airport" (Jun. 12, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that Kirk Brown, the Illinois Transportation Secretary, said Thursday in a speech to north suburban business executives and transportation officials in Deerfield that without a new runway, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport will continue to lose domestic flights, diminishing its national role and travel options for residents. Brown said later that he wasn't advocating a new runway at O'Hare, which would put him at odds with Governor Jim Edgar. Meanwhile, opponents of O'Hare expansion said Brown's remarks were troubling.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Residents Upset Over Noise from Railroad Track Blower" (Mar. 31, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Chicago residents living in the 4600 block of North Lawler in Jefferson Park are upset about the noise from three blower devices the Union Pacific Railroad installed next to the tracks on Metra's Northwest line to Harvard. The three devices blow cold air on the tracks to keep snow and ice from interfering with the railroad switches, and they run 24 hours a day from November through April.
Illinois, Chicago, "Letter from Dept. of Aviation Clarifies Methods of O'Hare Noise Data Collection" (May 16, 1998). The Chicago Tribune published the following letter from Mary Rose Loney, Commissioner, Department of Aviation. In her letter, Ms. Loney seeks to clarify information reported in a previous Tribune article about the collection of noise data from O'Hare to establish noise contour maps:
Illinois, Chicago, "West Chicago Debates Railport Proposal: Lists Noise and Traffic Concerns" (May 13, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports West Chicago city officials say they need more information and more convincing before they can agree to the "railport" being proposed by Union Pacific Railroad.
Illinois, Chicago, "Truck Noise at Chicago Motel Deprive Condo Residents of Sleep" (May 20, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports semi-tractor trailers parked in the back of a Motel 6 in Villa Park, Chicago, are causing nearby residents to lose sleep.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Resident Approves Actions to Lower Car Stereo Noise" (May 26, 1998). The Chicago Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Kathryn Kinnerk, a Chicago resident, regarding noise from car radios, car horns, and motorcycles:
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Noise Commission Seeks Commitment From Air Cargo Companies to Phase Out Noisier Jets Ahead of Schedule" (Jun. 6, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, a Chicago group formed by the city's mayor, has decided to seek a written commitment from the air cargo carriers at O'Hare International Airport to phase out older, noisier aircraft engines before the year 2000. (By 2000, all jets must comply with quieter, Stage 3 noise standards set by federal regulations.) The article says that the decision was the result of a "cargo summit" meeting held May 28 between the commission and representatives of 10 air cargo carriers.
Illinois, Chicago, "Two Chicago Suburbs to Get Mobile Monitors to Measure Noise from O'Hare" (Nov. 7, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports mobile noise monitors will soon be placed in Arlington Heights and Rolling Meadows to measure noise from O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Botanic Garden Proposes to Build Eye-Pleasing Noise Wall" (Nov. 19, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports the Chicago Botanic Garden is working on a proposal to build an innovative sound barrier to muffle nearby highway traffic noise.
Illinois, Chicago, "What to do about O'Hare Airport? Opinions Vary on Issues from Expansion to Pollution and Noise" (Nov. 15, 1998). The Sunday Gazette Mail reports the only aspects about Chicago's O'Hare International Airport that officials and residents can agree on is it's crowded but it pumps billions of dollars into the economy. On nearly everything else, including expansion, capacity, pollution, and noise, opinions vary and create strange political bedfellows.
Illinois, Chicago, "Firm Designs Quiet Office Next to O'Hare Airport" (Nov. 23, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports a manufacturer of ceilings and walls has made its Chicago training center into a "shrine of soundproofing" in office park next to O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Noise, Growth, Aviation Marketplace, All Figure into Chicago Airport Debate" (Nov. 23, 1998). The Chicago Tribune published an editorial contending a new group f business leaders is recasting the question of Chicago, O'Hare Airport, and growth in the aviation marketplace. Should the focus be on accommodating growth or attracting it?
Illinois, Chicago, "While Chicago Chamber of Commerce Pushes Growth at O'Hare, Citizens' Groups Stress Noise and Environmental Impacts" (Nov. 10, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Chicago region could lose billions of dollars in economic activity if O'Hare Airport is not allowed to expand according to a report commissioned by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
Illinois, Chicago, "Editorial Praises Chicago's Ordinance Outlawing Loud, Annoying Car Stereos" (Oct. 4, 1998). The Chicago Tribune published the following editorial praising Chicago's ordinance that outlaws loud, annoying music from car stereos.
Illinois, Chicago, "Noisy Dutch Plane Will Tryout O'Hare's Hush House" (Oct. 5, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the Dutch Air Force is scheduled to tryout O'Hare's Hush House. According to the article they plan to use one of their big planes - a Hercules C-130H - to test out O'Hare's $3.1 million structure.
Illinois, Chicago, "Overzealous Airline Lobbying Nixes Extra Slots at O'Hare; Anti-Noise Group Thrilled" (Oct. 9, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports behind-the-scenes maneuvering by United Airlines gave a senator reason to nix additional slots at O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Even with Quieter Planes, O'Hare Neighbors Say Air Traffic Noise Increasing" (Sep. 23, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports two reports released Tuesday by the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission highlight a contradiction in the controversy over airplane noise at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Even though air carriers use quieter aircraft, O'Hare's neighbors say noise has increased dramatically.
Illinois, Chicago, "Changes to Airspace Plan Charges Debate about Increased Flight Capacity at O'Hare International Airport" (Oct. 2, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reported that a Federal Aviation Administration workshop for the public discussing airspace changes was vague about whether the changes would mean increased flight capacity.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Alderman Seeks to Soften City's Noise Ordinance, Claiming Ban on Loud Car Music Hurts Retailers" (Sep. 30, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports a Chicago, Illinois, City Alderman has introduced an initiative to amend the city's 1996 ordinance that bans loud music in cars. Opponents of the current noise ordinance say it hurts business at car-audio retailers.
Illinois, Chicago, "Missouri Town Files Suit to Overturn Expansion at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport" (Oct. 2, 1998). The Bond Buyer reports the city of Bridgeton, Missouri, filed suit against the city of St. Louis hours after St. Louis won approval for expansion of the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "O'Hare Noise Group Discusses Need to Tackle National Issues of Local Importance for Many Cities" (Oct. 3, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission discussed the need to tackle national airport noise issues and the importance of forming alliances with similar groups in other cities.
Illinois, Chicago, "O'Hare's Noise Commissioner Urges the Panel to Take on National Issues to Reduce Noise" (Oct. 3, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission is discussing whether to expand its campaign to Washington, D.C. in an effort to reduce noise levels back home.
Illinois, Chicago, "Airport Activists Question Aim of O'Hare Meeting" (Sep. 11, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports a closed-door meeting between Illinois state and local officials and airline executives Thursday caused some noise activists to suggest the aim of the meeting was to discuss expansion at O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Increased Night Flights at O'Hare Limits Chicago's Fly Quiet Program" (Sep. 8, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports Chicago's Fly Quiet program produces negligible results as night flights from O'Hare Airport increase.
Illinois, Chicago, "Is it Noise or Publicity that Prompts Residents to Call O'Hare Hotline?" (Sep. 8, 1998). The Associated Press reports complaints about airplane noise from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport often come from residents in the towns that are the least affected by airplane noise problems.
Illinois, Chicago, "Leaders Meet to Discuss O'Hare Airport; Noise Reduction Likely on Agenda" (Sep. 9, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago's Mayor Richard M. Daley, state legislators, major airline executives, and north suburban business leaders will meet to discuss O'Hare International Airport on Thursday during a closed-door meeting.
Illinois, Chicago, "O'Hare Business Group Meets with Suburban Legislators to Drum up Support for O'Hare" (Sep. 11, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports suburban legislators met Thursday with the Greater O'Hare Association of Industry and Commerce to discuss regional cooperation and support of O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "O'Hare Residents Place an Ad To Combat Increased Daytime Air Trafic" (Apr. 24, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that concerned communities near the O'Hare International Airport have taken out a full-page ad in order to motivate people to contact their lawmakers and voice their concerns about increased air traffic which they feel will lead to more noise pollution and collisions.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Firefighter's Sue Siren Manufacturer Saying Defective, Excessively Loud Sirens Caused Hearing Loss" (Apr. 30, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that 27 former or current firefighters in Chicago are suing Federal Signal Corporation, claiming that defective sirens emitted excessively intense sound that permanently damaged their hearing.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago's O'Hare Airport Noise Compatibility Commission Requests Study of How Precisely Airlines Adhere to Prescribed Flight Paths that Reduce Residential Noise Impacts" (Apr. 28, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Noise Compatibility Commission of Chicago's O'Hare Airport asked airlines to determine how well their pilots adhere to prescribed "fly quiet" paths between 10 PM and 7 AM. The flight paths are determined to avoid most residential areas and reduce subsequent noise impacts, but "strong wind, erring compasses, and pilot or air-traffic control decisions" can cause deviations.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Expand Use of Flight Management Systems Technology That Allows Planes to Follow Flight Paths More Tightly, Reducing Noise Impact Areas" (Apr. 28, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that O'Hare Airport plans to begin using Flight Management Systems (FMS) after two months of successful testing showed that they are effective. FMS relies on electronic navigation to guide planes more tightly along designated flight paths; currently, pilots rely on compass readings from the control tower and can not completely compensate for factors such as wind. Following tighter flight paths would mean reducing the residential areas that are impacted by noise from aircraft.
Illinois, Chicago, "Brochure Informs Residents of Temporary Noise Shifts at O'Hare Airport" (Apr. 5, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports summer maintenance projects at O'Hare Airport are expected to create noise shifts over Chicago area communities.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Suburb Police Attack Loud Car Stereos By Impounding Cars and Levying High Fines" (Aug. 4, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that several suburbs around Chicago have been fighting an epidemic of loud car stereos by impounding cars and issuing fines of up to $500. Some police departments are allowed to use their own judgment to determine violators, while some communities have set distances -- such as 75 feet -- at which noise can not be audible. Courts generally allow police to impound cars when the driver breaks a specific law, although the American Civil Liberties Union says it's a "quick fix."
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Suburb Residents Living Near Edens Expressway Pleased With State's Agreement to Help Build a Noise Wall; The Decision Is the First Time the State Has Funded Noise Mitigation Separately From a Road Expansion Project" (Aug. 6, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that for the first time, Illinois' FIRST program will be used to help pay for a noise wall along a section of road that is not undergoing expansion. The 18-foot wall will cost $1-million to $1.5-million per mile, and the local communities will be expected to put up matching funds for the project. The communities have already put up $100,000 collectively to pay for a study to determine the details of the wall.
Illinois, Chicago, "Flight Delays at Chicago's O'Hare Airport Cause More Nighttime Takeoffs that Disturb Residents" (Aug. 25, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a 98% increase in flight delays at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in recent months has pushed 22 more flights after 10 PM each night. The 98% increase in delays comes after less than 1% growth in air traffic, suggesting that the problems are not with strained capacity. Noise complaints are down, and noise monitors are reading lower, but activists still say that planes aren't using designated quieter nighttime runways enough.
Illinois, Chicago, "High-Rise Condo Tenants in Chicago Sue Upstairs Neighbor -- Who Happens to Be a Judge -- Over 'Excessive' Noise" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a couple living in a high-rise condo in Chicago where units sell for $500,000 has sued their upstairs neighbor -- who is a judge -- for producing excessive noise. The building manager did a questionable "study" and determined that most noise comes through the walls, not the granite floor. The couple is demanding that the judge stop making certain noises, insulate his floor, and pay them $50,000 in damages and legal costs. The judge says he has had the floor for ten years without incident.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Judge and Neighbors in Dispute Over Condo Noise" (Dec. 10, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reported that sound engineers will soon settle a dispute between a Cook County judge and his neighbors over noise from the judge's granite floor.
Illinois, Chicago, "Illinois Institute of Technology Will Build Noise-Muffling Tube Around Elevated Train Tracks As Part of a the New Campus Center Construction Project" (Dec. 8, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinois Institute of Technology will build a noise-muffling tube around elevated train tracks as part of the construction of a new campus center. The 531-foot tube will be sheathed with concrete and steel, and should reduce the noise -- which can reach 120 decibels in the area -- to 40 or 50.
Illinois, Chicago, "Additonal Flights at O'Hare Worry Arlington Heights' Residents" (Feb. 17, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports a consultant for Chicago's aviation department told suburban leaders Tuesday that adding flights at O'Hare International Airport likely would make airplane noise more tolerable, especially at night.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Area Schools Compete for Slim Soundproofing Funds as O'Hare Considers Building More Terminals" (Feb. 17, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports as Chicago officials consider building more terminals at O'Hare International Airport, 15 nearby schools are competing to be one of the four chosen this year to be insulated against jet noise.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Suburb Asks Legislators to Delay Lifting Flight Caps at O'Hare; Noise Panel Asks for Impact Study" (Feb. 17, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports key members of the Illinois congressional delegation have been asked to withhold approval of legislation ending a cap on hourly flights at O'Hare International Airport until an impact study can be done.
Illinois, Chicago, "Vote in Chicago Districts Links Midway Airport Noise to Property Tax Relief" (Feb. 18, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports residents of Chicago wards put a non-binding referendum question on a ballot for Tuesday that makes noise pollution from Midway Airport a reason for property tax relief.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Targets Homes to Soundproof Against Noise from O'Hare; Activists Question Accuracy of Noise Maps" (Mar. 6, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago announced its annual soundproofing plan to insulate homes against noise from jets at O'Hare International Airport, officials announced Friday. Meanwhile, activists question the accuracy of noise contour maps used to determine the allocation of soundproofing funds.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Updates Soundproofing Plan to Include More Homes Affected by Noise from O'Hare" (Mar. 6, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports the city of Chicago has updated its soundproofing plan to include homes located just west of O'Hare International Airport previously considered ineligible. Chicago will now soundproof homes in eight communities surrounding the airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "State's Attorney's Office Joins School in Suit Against Chicago for Funds to Muffle Noise from O'Hare Airport" (Feb. 7, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports the DuPage County state's attorney's office has stepped into the legal battle between the city of Chicago and a private school system which sued for funds to soundproof the schools against noise from O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Rep. Hyde Needs House Speaker to Defeat Expansion at O'Hare" (Feb. 4, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports two of Illinois' most powerful congressmen may be about to clash over expansion at O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "The Politics of Noise vs. Economics at O'Hare International Airport; Editorial Praises Mayor Daley's Expansion Plan" (Feb. 6, 1999). The Chicago Tribune published an editorial praising Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's expansion plans for O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Community Association Takes Successful Proactive Approach to Solving Noise Problems" (Jul. 30, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports on a Chicago Community Association which managed to address noise complaints with none of the traditional fights and lawsuits among neighbors that often accompany noise complaints. A two-year process of surveying, consultation with experts, and the institution of new policies have helped to quiet the building. Newer tenants tend to prefer sleeker furniture and floors which don't absorb sound well, and new rules that require more carpeting on the floors of each room and prohibit or caution against inappropriate activities have quieted the building.
Illinois, Chicago, "Fewer Calls to Noise Hotline for Chicago O'Hare Airport May Not Mean Less Noise" (Jun. 25, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that calls to Chicago O'Hare Airport's noise complaint hotline are down for the first quarter of the year from 8,200 calls from 3,751 people to 5,044 calls from 1901 people. Chicago aviation spokesman claims that individual 'noise events' as measured by noise monitors are down, but many say that the drop in complaints is just due to resident frustration with the perceived futility of their calls to the 2.5-year-old hotline. Park Ridge Mayor Ron Wietecha says "Most people are frustrated. And the noise hasn't gotten better for us." Most callers complain of low-flying planes, followed by those who complain of the number of planes.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago, Illinois Alderman Suggests Easing Noise Ordinance Against Boom-Cars, Claiming Consequence of Car-Impoundment Falls Too Disproportionately on Minorities; City Council Disagrees" (Jun. 8, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that a Chicago, Illinois City Council committee rejected a proposal to limit the hours that the noise ordinance against boom-cars would apply. Currently, car-owners who play excessively loud stereos can be fined up to $500, and have their car-impounded; getting their car back costs $115. The alderman claimed that violators were disproportionately minorities, and that they were unfairly hindered from going to work. The proposal would have limited the applicable hours of the ordinance to between 9 AM and 9 PM.
Illinois, Chicago, "Consultant to Check Accuracy of Chicago O'Hare Airport Noise Monitors" (May 19, 1999). Chicago Sun-Times reports that a noise consultant hired by Chicago, O'Hare's Noise Compatibility Commission will analyze the airport's 28 noise monitors for accuracy. The monitors record aircraft noise in neighborhoods and send data to the airport, so noise can be correlated with particular runways and airlines. The commission, which includes several school districts in the area, wants to use the data to help fight noise.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago's O'Hare Airport Slacking on Use of Preferred Night Runways that Disturb Fewer Residents, but Introduction of Quieter Planes Helps to Lessen Noise Complaints" (May 26, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that O-Hare Airport's "Fly Quiet" guidelines, created in 1997 to limit noise between 10 PM and 7 AM, are not always being adhered to. Use of two designated night runways, selected because their flight paths avoid most residential areas, has declined. Despite this fact, nighttime noise complaints have declined from 2,234 to 1,246, due in part to the phasing out of noisier "Phase II" aircraft.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago's O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission Asked City to Identify Airlines Not Adhering to Preferred Flight Paths" (May 26, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that O'Hare's Noise Compatibility Commission has asked city officials to identify which airlines stray from routes designed to limit airport noise in residential areas. Many flights are ignoring the designated runways, or turning earlier than suggested.
Illinois, Chicago, "New Noise Ordinance in Chicago's Fox River Allows Noisy Boats to be Identified By Ear" (May 26, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a new noise ordinance put in place by the Fox Waterway Agency will discard the old 90 dB noise limit for the subjective limit at which "peace is breached" on the Fox River. The ordinance was introduce because decibel meters were unreliable on the Fox River, where sound bounces off buildings, and many window-rattling violators were having their tickets thrown out in court. First, second, and third noise violations carry minimum $35, $200, and $500 fines respectively.
Illinois, Chicago, "Poor Weather Forces Rescheduling of Noise Tests to Help Boaters Comply with New Noise Law on Chicago area's Chain o' Lakes" (May 24, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that noise tests, designed to help boaters comply with a new noise ordinance on the Chicago area's Chain o' Lakes, were poorly attended due to miserable weather. The tests will be rescheduled for early June. The new ordinance starts with the state-mandated 90 dB limit for idling boats and 70 dB for moving boats, but gives marine officers the ability to determine excessive noise by ear since traditional noise-measuring equipment is designed for use on the open water.
Illinois, Chicago, "Suburban Communities Surrounding Chicago's O'Hare Airport Say Soundproofing Should Include More Homes, Citing Noise Monitor Data Collected Independently" (May 25, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the anti-noise Suburban O'Hare Commission (SOC) has been monitoring noise from the airport independently of the city. SOC claims that the data shows high levels of noise up to 80 decibels in communities not covered in this year's soundproofing eligibility list. Gigi Gruber, mayor of one nearby community, says "they average out the silent times with the noisy times and come up with a number. But when airplanes fly over, noise is still at a high level.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago O'Hare Airport's Noise Compatibility Commission Asks FAA to Ban Older, Noisy Planes" (Jun. 5, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago O'Hare Airport's Noise Compatibility Commission -- following the lead of the European Union -- is asking the FAA to ban noisier aircraft that don't meet quiet-engine standards. Hush-kits can muffle some noise from older airplanes, but the engines still don't run as quiet as those in newer aircraft. New federal standards take effect next year, but O'Hare also encouraged the FAA to begin cooperative work on an even quieter set of noise standards that could be accepted internationally.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago O'Hare Joins Airport Council International in Encouraging the FAA to Phase Out Older Planes, Allowing Much Quieter New Planes to Take Over" (May 13, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that many U.S. airports and residents are concerned that while quieter planes are available, airlines are continuing to put hush-kits and performance-modification kits on noisier planes. While these kits quiet planes enough to meet year 2000 standards, the newer, quieter planes are up to 3 times as quiet. Some airports, including Chicago O'Hare, are joining Airport Council International in asking the FAA to phase out the older modified planes.
Illinois, Chicago, "Noise Monitors at Chicago's O'Hare Airport Say Noise is Decreasing, but Some Say Data May Be Misleading" (May 9, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that 8 of 37 noise monitors at Chicago O'Hare's Airport show that aircraft noise is decreasing. Compared to last year, the first three months of this year were quieter by one or two decibels -- the smallest discernible amount measurable -- and noise complaints were down too. Some of the change may have to do with quieter aircraft being used.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago, Illinois Proposal to Double Property Tax Break for Homes in Airport Noise Zone Draws Varied Reactions" (Nov. 15, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that a proposal to double the property tax break given to those in 65-decibel-or-higher noise zones around Midway and O'Hare International Airports has drawn mixed reactions. Some say it's a good idea and will better protect residents, while others worry where the money would come from.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Tax Lawyer Proposes Property Tax Break for Illinois Residents Impacted By 65 Decibels or More of Airport Noise" (Nov. 17, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a Chicago tax lawyer has proposed a property tax exemption for residents who deal with 65 decibels of noise from airports. Residents support the idea, which would be equal to the current general homestead exemption: about $300-$500.
Illinois, Chicago, "Elementary School Students in Elk Grove, Illinois will Relocate for Four Months in 2000-2001 School Year While Their Old School Is Soundproofed" (Nov. 14, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that students at Clearmont Elementary School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois will be relocated to a nearby school for four months in the 2000-2001 school year while their old school is soundproofed from noise at nearby O'Hare airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Homeowners Near Chicago's Midway Airport Want Doubled Property Tax Relief for Noise Burden" (Nov. 15, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that homeowners near Chicago's Midway Airport launched a campaign to double the property tax relief given to residents state-wide who live near airports.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago's O'Hare Airport Will Give Oak Park Community Temporary Noise Monitor Next Year; Community Will Keep Monitor If Noise Levels Are Relatively High" (Nov. 24, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Chicago's O'Hare Airport will be giving several communities -- including Oak Park -- a temporary noise monitor to keep track of aircraft noise in the area to see if noise levels warrant a permanent one.
Illinois, Chicago, "Subdivision Residents in Western Chicago Are Irritated By Noisy Trucking Operation that Moved In Nearby" (Dec. 4, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that residents of a western Chicago subdivision are irritated that a trucking operation moved in next door where before there was only a cornfield. County officials hired sound engineers to test noise from the site, and found that the business was not meeting noise limits. The matter is now in court, and the business owners note that they have already spent $30,000 on a gravel lot and fence to move trucks away from residents.
Illinois, Chicago, "Noise Case Against Cook County, Illinois Judge is Reassigned to Preserve Impartiality; Neighbors Claim Granite Floors Cause Too Much Noise" (Nov. 10, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a noise case against a Cook County, Illinois judge has been reassigned after the first judge said she was a friend of the defendant/judge. The judge plans to carpet his granite floors, though he claims that much of the noise his neighbor complains about is not produced by them.
Illinois, Chicago, "Proposal to Increase Tax Exemption for Homeowners Impacted By Chicago Jet Noise Supported By Local Noise Activist Group; School and Municipal Officials Worry About Who Will Make Up the Difference" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a proposal to double the property tax exemption for homeowners affected by Chicago-area airports has gained support from the Alliance of Residents Concerning O'Hare. Officials worry that other tax districts would have to pick up the tab, but some say that "previous court decisions require airports to reimburse taxing districts for lost tax revenue."
Illinois, Chicago, "Illinois Communities Will Compete for $25 Million in State Funds Allocated to Pay For Up to Half of Highway Noise Barriers" (Oct. 17, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald prints several short articles on the week's news in local communities. One article deals with the Route 53 communities of Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, and Palatine which are expected to ask for some of the $25 million that Illinois has made available for paying up to half of highway noise barrier projects nationwide. Competition among communities for the money is expected to be stiff.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago O'Hare Airport Officials Say Soundproofing Program Will Continue Throughout 2000, When Official FAA Noise Maps Are Released; Some Had Predicted that Program Would Stop As Stricter Federal Noise Laws Caused a Reduction of Noise Levels" (Nov. 5, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that officials at Chicago's O'Hare Airport have said that their home soundproofing program will not end this year. It is possible that some homes will no longer be affected with enough noise -- 70 decibels -- to qualify for noise insulation, but the Airport can't be sure until at least 2001 when the FAA releases it's official 2000 noise contour map.
Illinois, Chicago, "Seven Chicago Schools Will Receive Soundproofing, Since School Soundproofing Budget Doubled From Last Year" (Nov. 6, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that seven schools in the Chicago area were chosen to receive soundproofing next year. The budget for school soundproofing was expanded to include three more schools this year than last year, and was raised from airline ticket fees.
Illinois, Chicago, "Seven Chicago-Area Schools Will Receive Soundproofing Next Year" (Nov. 6, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that seven schools in the Chicago area were chosen to receive soundproofing next year.
Illinois, Chicago, "DuPage County, Near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, Debating Whether to Expand O'Hare or Build a Third Regional Airport; Concerns Over Expanding O'Hare Shifting from Noise to Safety" (Sep. 17, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that residents and politicians in DuPage county, Illinois near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport are debating the question of how to handle a doubling of air traffic at O'Hare in the next twenty years: expand the airport, or build a third regional airport. Viewpoints of regional politicians center on issues from local safety concerns, to regional air-capacity concerns, to national infrastructure concerns. Those who want a new airport are less concerned with noise -- which was the central concern for many years -- and more worried about dangerously-crowded skies and runways.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Aviation Department Publishes Booklet to Show Those Who Don't Qualify for Free Soundproofing How to Get it Done Themselves" (Sep. 7, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports on several happenings around the city of Chicago, including the release of a soundproofing booklet by the Chicago Aviation Department. The booklet discusses what needs to be done and who to contact about doing the work. While the information is intended for those who don't qualify for free soundproofing due to airplane noise, a local anti-noise group said the city should be paying for more soundproofing instead of giving advice.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago, O'Hare Airport Neighbor Suggests a More Automated Noise Hotline" (Sep. 5, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times prints a series of letters to the editor, one of which is noise-related. A resident near Chicago's O'Hare Airport says that the old-fashioned noise-hotline should be upgraded so callers need not be "subjected to a series of ridiculous questions" after being awakened from sleep at night. He suggests a modified form of caller ID.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago is a Noisy City and Residents Suffer" (Apr. 16, 2000). The Chicago-Times printed an editorial in the Sunday edition about the impact of noise from many different sources has on residents in the Chicago-area.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago's O'Hare Airport Expansion Subject of Heated Controversy Because of Increase in Jet Noise" (Apr. 20, 2000). The Chicago Tribune printed an editorial about the expansion of O'Hare International Airport, its supporters and opponents. The editorial supports the expansion of the airport by adding a third runway.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago's O'Hare Expansion Plans Fuel Debate Between Wealthy Corporations and Concerned Citizens" (Apr. 20, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reported that a proposed new runway at O'Hare International Airport received support from wealthy corporations known for supporting political campaigns, but not from residents who live nearby.
Illinois, Chicago, "Coping With Noise Involves Action" (Apr. 16, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times printed an article about resolving noise complaints. The article, while brief, listed steps to take to resolve the complaint. The article recommended first solving the problem by going to the source and conducting a reasonable discussion.
Illinois, Chicago, "Modern Technology's Negative Impact: 50% Hearing Loss in Some People" (Apr. 16, 2000). According to the Chicago Sun-Times, today's modern society is hazardous to our hearing, and overexposure to loud noise can mean a permanent loss of hearing, affecting such known figures as Pete Townshend, Peter Frampton and President Clinton.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Reader Questions City Aviation Commissioner's Contention That Noise From Midway Airport Does Not Affect Property Values" (Apr. 7, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times printed a selection of letters to the editor. One of them was from a resident who lives near Midway Airport and is concerned about noise pollution. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Illinois, Chicago, "O'Hare International Airport in Chicago May Be First Airport to Use Computer Program to Keep Planes on Quiet Paths" (Apr. 8, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a new computerized system that will help keep planes on a quiet takeoff path may be implemented by the end of the summer at O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Chicago, "Illinois Condo Boards Should Be Concerned About Noise" (Feb. 4, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times printed an article about condo living and noise, highlighting how to reduce it and how to deal with noisy neighbors, but remarking that noise is often defined in subjective terms and that our attitudes about it are as various as people.
Illinois, Chicago, "Illinois Tenants Encouraged to Make Sound Improvements Against Noise" (Feb. 4, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times suggested several ways to insulate a residence against noise.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago Train Horn Noise Battle Returns" (Jan. 13, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reported that Edison Park residents must renew their battle with train noise on the Wisconsin Central line at all hours of the night unless they pay for costly improvements at rail crossings, or so says the Federal Railroad Association.
Illinois, Chicago, "Tax Break for Chicago Homeowners Near O'Hare Not on Town Ballots" (Jan. 14, 2000). The Chicago Tribune reports that former state treasurer Pat Quinn's attempt to give property tax breaks to homeowners who live near O'Hare Airport failed to get support from local townships and municipalities. Only Stickney Township will put the question on the town's ballot.
Illinois, Chicago, "O'Hare Noise Levels Monitored by City of Chicago and Suburban O'Hare Commission for Past Three Years Have Not Yet Been Properly Analyzed" (Mar. 16, 2000). The Chicago Tribune reports that noise data accumulated by the Suburban O'Hare Commission over the last three years has not been properly analyzed, causing continuing disagreements between O'Hare International Airport and its surrounding communities over noise remedies and who qualifies for them.
Illinois, Chicago, "Chicago, Illinois Automobile Owner Hears Grinding Noise in Car Brakes" (Mar. 20, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times automotive question and answer section reports that a reader has a problem with his 1999 Dodge Intrepid. When the reader puts on the brakes, he hears a grinding noise. A Dodge dealer told him that condensation had built up on the brakes and was causing the noise. The dealer wiped off the brakes, but indicated that the grinding noise will come back.
Illinois, Chicago, "O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission Discusses "Fly Quiet" Program" (Mar. 29, 2000). The Chicago Tribune reports that the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission is creating a recognition awards program that will give airline companies an incentive to comply with its "Fly Quiet" program. Commission Chairwoman Arlene Mulder, who is also mayor of Arlington Heights, made the announcement at a public meeting recently in Arlington Heights. Airlines would be rated according to their compliance with Fly Quiet.
Illinois, Chicago area, "Chicago Area Communities To Receive Soundproofing" (Apr. 20, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times reported that homes in communities near O'Hare Airport will receive soundproofing as part of a $30 million city-suburb program.
Illinois, Chicago area, "Chicago Area Residents Voice Opinions on Train Whistles" (Apr. 17, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times printed an article about train whistles, noise, liability and personal responsibility.
Illinois, Chicago area, "Illinois Towns Neighboring O'Hare International Angry Over United Airlines Recommendation for O'Hare Expansion" (Apr. 20, 2000). According to the Chicago Tribune, United Airlines (the world's largest airlines) dropped a bombshell when it recently recommended construction of a new runway at O'Hare International Airport. According to the article, United has long stated that the airport could meet the demands of increased air traffic without expansion.
Illinois, Chicago area, "Illinois Town Officials Receive Info on Airport Noise Study" (Feb. 1, 2000). The Associated Press reported on an airport noise abatement study for Palwaukee Municipal Airport which will measure airport noise, identify exposure to it, and make a land use determination accordingly. The study will be completed in the spring of 2001.
Illinois, Chicago suburbs, "Residents Near Smaller Airports Around Chicago Oppose Airports' Expansion and Raise Noise Issues" (May 30, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that an increasing number of small airports in the Chicago suburbs are becoming the focal points of fights that involve residents who are opposed to airport expansions and worried about noise issues. The article explores the situation of the controversies revolving around the Schaumburg Airport, Lake in the Hills Airport in McHenry County, Palwaukee Airport in Wheeling, and Waukegan Airport in Lake County.
Illinois, Cicero, "Former Horse Track in Cicero, Illinois Converted into Chicago Motor Speedway; Residents Worry About the Noise" (Aug. 20, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a 67,000 seat racetrack in Cicero, Illinois -- formerly used only for horse races -- will soon be the home of Chicago Motor Speedway. Residents are worried about increased traffic and noise. Officials emphasized that because of $50 million in improvements to the track, the community will receive more property taxes.
Illinois, Cicero, "Chicago Motor Speedway Draws Noise Warning for First Race" (Aug. 25, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that the Chicago Motor Speedway's first race was twice as loud as normal traffic, and warranted a warning ticket from the County. Track officials don't believe they're violating any laws, but plan to meet with county representative next week.
Illinois, Cicero, "Two Letters to the Editor Criticize Chicago's New Motor Speedway for Exceeding Noise Standards" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times prints several letters to the editor including two that criticize the new Chicago Motor Speedway for exceeding noise standards. The first letter is bitingly concise. The second -- from an attendee of the first race -- says the track should have done more research to prevent the problem in the first place.
Illinois, Cicero, "Chicago Motor Speedway Will Not Be Fined For Noise Violations While It Begins to Address the Problem" (Sep. 3, 1999). Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cicero, Illinois' Chicago Motor Speedway will not be fined the requisite $1000/event for noise violations while it hires a consultant and begins a dialogue with residents. Races and their 70,000 fans can generate noise up to 93.5 decibels -- far above the 58 decibel limit. The final race of the year will be monitored by county officials to determine the areas most affected by noise.
Illinois, Columbia Bay, "Owner of Bar on Fox Lake in Illinois Under Fire from Lakeshore Residents Claiming His Music, Piers Are Disruptive and Lower Their Property Value" (May 16, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Electric Harbor Marina, on Fox Lake in Illinois, is disrupting neighbors on the shores of Columbia Bay. Residents say the bar and summer afternoon concerts that Electric Harbor started last year are too loud, and complain that the 66 boat slips there detract from their views and property value; Bob Glueckert is trying to sell his house, and can't because Electric Harbor has effectively taken more than $250,000 off of its value. The owner, Larry Phillips, says he has no intention of changing.
Illinois, Cook County, "Anti-Noise Group Gets Drowned Out by Noise from O'Hare" (Apr. 30, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that while a conference on noise reduction and education was held Wednesday at Park Ridge in Chicago, every few minutes or so, a plane would roar by and drown out the leader of the event.
Illinois, Cook County, "Cook County, Illinois Residents Living Near Midway Airport Appeal Property Taxes, Saying Airport Noise Lowers Property Values" (Apr. 30, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that about a dozen Cook County, Illinois residents living near Midway Airport are asking the County Board of Review to relieve some of their property tax burden, saying that airport noise lowers property values. Residents told of " jet fuel being dropped in swimming pools, levels of noise so high that phone conversations are not possible and windows that don't stop rattling," but the Board would not take action.
Illinois, Deerfield, "Homeowners Living Near Interstate in Deerfield, Illinois Want Sound Barrier Installed" (Apr. 6, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that some residents in Deerfield, Illinois who live near Interstate 294 are requesting that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority erect a sound wall to protect their neighborhood from noise after a new highway ramp is built.
Illinois, Des Plaines, "Transportation Plan for Northeastern Illinois Draws Criticism from Airport Opponents and Others" (Sep. 11, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that a public hearing was held in Des Plaines, Illinois Wednesday on the Chicago Area Planning Study, northeastern Illinois' transportation plan for 2020 recently released by CATS, the transportation authority. The hearing was dominated by calls for more data on the effects of a projected doubling of flights at O'Hare International Airport and for quieter trains, the article says.
Illinois, Des Plaines, "Chicago Suburb Considers Joining City-Led Commission" (Apr. 17, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that officials in Des Plaines, Illinois are considering joining the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, a group formed by the city of Chicago to address noise issues at O'Hare International Airport. Des Plaines is already a member of the Suburban O'Hare Commission, a group that opposes any expansion at O'Hare and supports building a third area airport. On Thursday night, representatives of the Suburban O'Hare Commission urged the Des Plaines City Council not to join the Chicago group, saying the group supports building new runways at O'Hare.
Illinois, Des Plaines, "Des Plaines to Hear Groups' Views on Noise from O'Hare" (Apr. 15, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports two groups, seen as rivals by some, will present their approaches to dealing with noise from O'Hare International Airport to the Des Plaines City Council starting Wednesday night.
Illinois, Des Plaines, "Chicago Suburb Votes Against Joining Chicago Noise Group" (Apr. 22, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that aldermen in Des Plaines, Illinois voted 7-1 Monday to decline membership in Chicago's O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission. The article says the aldermen made the decision in order to affirm their commitment to the Suburban O'Hare Commission.
Illinois, Des Plaines, "Third-Airport Proponents Object to FAA's Air-Use Plan at O'Hare" (Sep. 29, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports third airport proponents objected Monday to the Federal Aviation Administration's plan for reconfiguring the use of Chicago's air space at O'Hare International Airport. Objectors say the proposed plan fails to address O'Hare's inability to safely handle growth.
Illinois, Des Plaines, "Will New Flight Plan at O'Hare Bring More Noise?" (Sep. 29, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports residents of Chicago's suburbs, airport activists, and other leaders fear a federal proposal to redesign flight paths would lead to increased flights at O'Hare Airport and more noise below.
Illinois, Downers Grove, "Illinois Town Considers Expanding Noise Restrictions" (May 15, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Downers Grove, Illinois Village Council is considering expanding its noise regulations to restrict the use of outdoor home tools and loud stereos from vehicles. In addition, the council is considering giving police more power in handling noise complaints.
Illinois, Edwardsville, "Illinois Funds Two Studies of Highway Noise Barriers" (Apr. 9, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Illinois Transportation Research Center (ITRC) is funding two traffic noise -related studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville's School of Engineering in response to residents' concerns.
Illinois, Elgin, "Illinois Cogeneration Facility May Close Due To Noise" (Nov. 18, 1997). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a decision is expected today on whether Elgin Area Unit School District 46 in Elgin, Illinois can continue to operate its power plant next to Bartlett High School. The cogeneration facility saves the school about $1,000 per day on electricity bills, but also creates noise.
Illinois, Elgin, "Neighbors Want Manufacturing Site Converted into Quiet Uses in Elgin, Illinois" (Oct. 5, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that neighbors want property that has been utilized by manufacturing to be converted into quiet uses but the city of Elgin, Illinois.
Illinois, Elk Grove, "Chicago Suburb Votes Not to Join Mayor's Anti-Noise Panel" (Aug. 27, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Village Board in Elk Grove, Illinois voted unanimously Tuesday to reject an invitation to join Chicago Mayor Daley's O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, a suburban advisory group on jet noise from O'Hare Airport. Elk Grove officials instead agreed to remain a charter member of the Suburban O'Hare Commission, the adversary of the Mayor's group.
Illinois, Elk Grove Village, "Chicago Suburb's Decision not to Join City Noise Group Draws Criticism" (Sep. 6, 1997). The Chicago Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Laurie Stone, president and CEO of the Greater O'Hare Association of Industry and Commerce, regarding the decision by Elk Grove Village (Illinois) officials to not join the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, a group formed by Chicago's mayor to address airport noise issues:
Illinois, Elk Grove Village, "Barking Dog Not Music to Residents' Ears in Chicago Suburb" (Jan. 21, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that residents in a Chicago suburb are willing to take dog owners to court to put a stop to incessant barking.
Illinois, Elk Grove Village, "Chicago Suburbs Struggle to Fairly Allocate O'Hare Soundproofing Money" (Apr. 18, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports trustees in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, have approved a plan to select houses for soundproofing this year although it doesn't please everyone.
Illinois, Elmhurst, "Chicago Area School Sues City For Soundproofing From Airport Noise" (Dec. 10, 1997). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that area schools are fed up with the noise from the nearby O'Hare International airport. One school intends to sue the city for soundproofing.
Illinois, Elmhurst, "Church Sues Chicago for Soundproofing Money to Reduce Aircraft Noise in Schools" (Sep. 26, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Immaculate Conception parish in Elmhurst (Illinois) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago Thursday, seeking $7.6 million for soundproofing to reduce aircraft noise from O'Hare International Airport. The lawsuit alleges that the jet noise disrupts classes at the parish high school and elementary school and that city officials reneged on a promise to fully soundproof the schools.
Illinois, Elmhurst, "Illinois Judge Dismisses Part of Parish's Noise Case Against O'Hare" (Oct. 15, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports an Illinois county judge dismissed some elements of a lawsuit filed by a school against Chicago over soundproofing against O'Hare International Airport noise.
Illinois, Evanston, "Neighbors In Illinois Town Ask University For Night-Game Ban" (Dec. 12, 1997). The Chicago Times reports that residents of Evanston, Illinois are fed up with noise and lights from Northwestern University's Ryan Field. A group of Evanston residents is asking the school to ban night football games.
Illinois, Fox Lake, "Wisconsin Powerboat Group Challenges Noise Ordinance" (Apr. 5, 1999). Chicago Tribune reports a powerboater association will ask for a repeal of a new boating noise ordinance enacted by a waterway authority in Wisconsin.
Illinois, Fox Lake, "Illinois Waterway Agency Drafts Noise Ordinance that will Fine Noisy Boaters" (Mar. 16, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports directors of a waterway in Illinois are planning to adopt an ordinance that will fine boaters for creating excessive noise.
Illinois, Glen Ellyn, "Illinois Town Adopts Ordinance to Limit Noisy Pets" (Aug. 7, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports owners of animals that make excessive and continuous noise will be fined in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in an effort to bring peace to neighborhoods.
Illinois, Green Oaks, "Illinois Town Gets State Funds to Build Noise-Abatement Wall along Highway" (Sep. 24, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports an Illinois town was presented Wednesday night with a state grant to fund a noise-abatement wall along an interstate highway.
Illinois, Greene Valley, "Green Valley, Illinois Gas-to-Energy Plant Still Trying to Lower the Noise it Produces to Reduce Neighbors' Irritation" (Aug. 20, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a gas-to-energy plant in Greene Valley, Illinois is still trying to reduce its noise levels. Complaints caused the owner to install a series of three mufflers, which have not substantially reduced the noise. Additional studies will be conducted to determine if noise levels could be reduced without additional mufflers or a wholesale redesign of the facility. Additional costs will not be the responsibility of the plant operator since local noise standards are already met.
Illinois, Hinsdale, "Debate over Noise Walls Ranges from Expense and Placement to Materials and Effectiveness; Still, Most Illinois Residents Favor the Sound Barriers" (Sep. 13, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports some Illinois drivers may dislike sound walls because they block the view and make the daily commute like driving through a tunnel. But for many suburbanites, sound walls are highly desired. Those who don't have them want them; those who have them want the tallest, thickest wall they can get.
Illinois, Hoffman Estates, "Suburban High School District Near Chicago Responds to Residents' Complaints About Air Conditioner Noise" (Mar. 31, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the noise from air-conditioning units on the roof of Hoffman Estates High School was annoying neighbors. Palatine-Schaumburg Township High School District 211 has responded by agreeing to install sound insulating material around the units. According to the article, the state has been dealing with noise complaints about the high school's air conditioning system ever since it was first installed one and a half years ago. Residents had complained because the air conditioning units were running seven days a week. Assistant Superintendent Robert Rozycki said that it was necessary because of community programs that take place at the school on weekends. They tried turning on the units at 9:00 AM instead of 6:00 AM in an attempt to placate residents.
Illinois, Itasca and Wood Dale, "Chicago Suburb Officials Urge Residents to Call Senators About Proposal to Add More Flights at O'Hare" (Jul. 11, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that local officials in Itasca and Wood Dale, Illinois are urging residents to call Illinois' two senators to protest a plan to add 100 daily flights at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The article notes that the proposal is championed by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), the chair of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and is scheduled for a final vote in the committee on Tuesday.
Illinois, Kane County, "Kane County, Illinois Officials Consider Fine For Loud Car Stereos" (Jan. 7, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Kane County, Illinois officials recently recommended approval of a measure that would allow sheriff's police to issue a $50 ticket to offenders whose car stereos can be heard from 75 feet away. "It's unfortunate we have to have a law like this," board member Rudy Neuberger, an Aurora Democrat, said in the article. "It's just unfortunate we have to regulate consideration for other people."
Illinois, Lake County, "Lake County, Illinois Considers Noise Limit of 70 Decibels for Special Events" (Aug. 15, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that Lake County, Illinois is considering a noise limit for special events under its "Unified Development Ordinance." County officials are considering a limit of six "special events of public interest", and a noise limitation of 70 decibels for those events.
Illinois, Lake Zurich, "Illinois Residents Say Wal-Mart is a Noisy Neighbor" (Apr. 29, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports Lake Zurich, Illinois village officials rejected a proposed 4,000-square-foot expansion to Wal-Mart, citing overdevelopment of the area in general and charging the company specifically with being a noisy neighbor.
Illinois, Lake Zurich, "Wal-Mart Told to Keep Noise Down by Planning Commission in Lake Zurich, Illinois" (Apr. 3, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the planning commission in Lake Zurich, Illinois wants Wal-Mart to reduce truck and other noise in return for their approved expansion of the store.
Illinois, Lake Zurich, "Illinois Town Denies Wal-Mart Expansion, Citing Noise Concerns" (Jun. 2, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that village board members in Lake Zurich, Illinois voted 5 to 1 Monday to deny a request for a Wal-Mart expansion. Some board members said Wal-Mart hadn't been a good corporate citizen, while others said the proposed expansion would locate truck traffic and noise closer to residences.
Illinois, Libertyville, "Residents Want to Know Just How Noisy Illinois Peaker Plant Will Be" (Feb. 17, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reported on the eighth public hearing over a proposed power plant and the difficulty opponents of the plant have had in getting straight answers from the plant's noise consultants.
Illinois, Libertyville, "Libertyville, Illinois Residents Question Need for Electrical Power Plant in Their Community" (Mar. 14, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Concerned Citizens of Lake County, a residents' group in Libertyville, Illinois, opposes Indeck Energy Services' proposed electrical peaker power plant in their town. The group is concerned about the noise and air pollution that the power plant would generate, and question whether there really is a need for such a plant. They asked three experts in the field to make a presentation to the town before residents vote next week on whether or not to allow the plant to locate in Libertyville.
Illinois, Lisle, "Illinois Tollway Expansion Will Include Noise Study and Mitigation" (Apr. 22, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that the East-West Tollway in Lisle, Illinois will be expanded by one lane between the North-South Tollway and Naperville Road. As part of the project, a noise study will be conducted, and noise barriers will be constructed if needed, the article says. Residents along the Tollway would like to see noise barriers built, the article notes.
Illinois, Lisle, "Illinois State Toll Highway Authority Offers No Relief for Lisle, Illinois" (Aug. 21, 1998). Chicago Tribune reports that residents and village officials in Lisle, Illinois are irritated with the noise generated from Interstate Highway 355 and Interstate Highway 88. No action for relief is forthcoming, however, from the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
Illinois, Lisle, "Lisle, Illinois Residents May Unite to Lobby For Noise Barriers" (Jan. 8, 1998). Chicago Daily Herald reports that Lisle, Illinois Trustee Judy Yuill has proposed forming a citizens committee to deal with tollway noise issues and, ultimately, to persuade the authority to install noise barriers. However, Toll officials say that while they welcome the input, the noise levels don't warrant building barriers.
Illinois, Lisle, "Tollway Noise May Get One Chicago Neighborhood Noise Barriers; No to the Other for Now" (Mar. 18, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority is compiling noise-level readings along the North-South Tollway prompted by residents' complaints of tollway noise.
Illinois, Lisle, "Illinois Highway Officials Refuse Lisle's Request for Noise Barriers" (Oct. 7, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports Lisle, Illinois, officials pledged this week to continue the fight for noise barriers along a three-quarter-mile stretch of the North-South Tollway.
Illinois, Lisle, "No Relief from Tollway Noise for Residents in Lisle, Illinois" (Oct. 7, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that residents in Lisle, Illinois should not expect any noise relief from the North-South Tollway. Noise walls cost $1 million per mile to erect and there is a great demand for them along the entire tollway system.
Illinois, Lombard, "Illinois Residents Oppose Softball Field Expansion" (Jun. 3, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that village officials in Lombard, Illinois recently approved a plan for three new softball fields at Madison Meadow park. But now, residents living near the park are saying they weren't told about the project, and are objecting that it would bring more traffic, noise, and trash to their neighborhood. A meeting is scheduled for June 9 between residents and parks district officials.
Illinois, Lombard, "State of Illinois to Build Sound Barrier Wall for Residents of Busy Road in Village of Lombard" (Apr. 12, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that some residents who live on busy North Avenue in Lombard, Illinois have complained about the traffic noise. The state plans to begin a $29.5 million project to widen three miles of the street, turning it into a six-lane highway, and has agreed to install two sound barrier walls on the south side of North Avenue to help reduce the traffic noise. The wall will either be made of wood or concrete.
Illinois, Long Grove, "Village of Long Grove, Illinois Sues Dog Owner Over Noise Ordinance Violations" (Mar. 30, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that dachshund breeder Lucy Huck of Long Grove, Illinois has been continually violating the village's noise ordinance. The village board has decided to file a lawsuit against Huck, who has 25 noisy dogs in her home. This is the second lawsuit filed against Huck in two years.
Illinois, Maroa, "Illinois Town Considers Racetrack; Farmers Concerned about Noise and Drainage from Track" (Nov. 22, 1998). The Pantagraph reports many residents support a new racetrack in Maroa, Illinois, despite some concerns expressed by area farmers about impending noise pollution and drainage from the facility.
Illinois, McHenry County, "Consultant for Power Company Says Proposed Plant Will Meet Noise Limits; Planning Department Officials Question Why Few Alternatives Were Considered to Plant Arrangement" (Aug. 7, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that the McHenry County, Illinois Planning Department questioned the methods used to evaluate noise from a proposed power plant near Woodstock. According to a consultant, noise would be well below local limits. Officials were wary after learning that no other alternatives were considered, other than putting turbines in the barn.
Illinois, McHenry County, "Illinois Speed Boater Challenges Noise Citation from County" (Jul. 7, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that Mike Lovergine, a McHenry resident, is the first person ever to receive a $35 citation for making too much noise in his hih performance speedboat on Pistakee Bay, north of Johnsburg. The man plans to challenge the ticket in the County Circuit Court.
Illinois, Montgomery, "New Noise Ordinance in Montgomery, Illinois Open for Public Comment" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that a proposed noise ordinance in Montgomery, Illinois will have a three-week public comment period. Fines under the ordinance range from $50 to $500. The daytime permitted noise level is 60 decibels, and the nighttime level is 55 decibels. There are several exemptions.
Illinois, Montgomery, "New Noise Ordinance in Montgomery, Illinois to Be Enforced By Police Noise Meters" (Sep. 16, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that a new noise ordinance passed in Montgomery, Illinois will levy fines from $50 to $500 for noises over 60 decibels during the day and over 55 decibels at night. Lawn equipment will be exempt during the day and emergency vehicles will be exempt at all times. Complaints have been increasing in Montgomery in recently years, tending to center around live bands and car stereos.
Illinois, Mount Prospect, "Residents Bothered by O'Hare Airport Noise Want Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois to Address Their Concerns" (Mar. 20, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the Concerned Citizens of Mount Prospect met recently to discuss airport noise with the Village of Mount Prospect. The group believes that the village should take the same measures to study and act upon airport noise as it has taken in dealing with train noise in the town.
Illinois, Mt. Prospect, "Illinois Town Debates Opposing New Runways at O'Hare" (Mar. 3, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports trustees of Mt. Prospect, Illinois, are debating whether to oppose new runways at O'Hare International Airport.
Illinois, Naperville, "Police in Naperville, Illinois Ask City Council for Noise Ordinance Amendment Allowing Impounding of Cars When Stereos Are Too Loud" (May 6, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that Naperville, Illinois police have asked city council to amend the noise ordinance to allow the impounding of cars when their stereos are too loud. The request comes in response to noise problems in a local parking lots in front of Walgreen's on the scenic Riverwalk. Teenagers often crank their stereos in the parking lot, fight, and "quite frankly make a point to intimidate other people." It would cost $250 to release an impounded car.
Illinois, Naperville, "Noise from Gas-to-Energy Plant at Naperville, Illinois' Landfill Annoys Residents; County Installs Newer Mufflers to No Avail" (Sep. 17, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that turbine mufflers -- designed to reduce noise from a gas-to-energy plant at Naperville, Illinois' landfill -- have created no noticeable reduction. According to residents, no noticeable reduction has occurred. After the county learned from the muffler manufacturers that noise is only reduced 1/3 of the reported amount, they decided to call in a sound engineer to decide if anything else can be done.
Illinois, Naperville, "Illinois City Council to Limit Construction Hours and Outdoor Speaker Decibel Levels" (Feb. 3, 2000). According to the Chicago Tribune, the Naperville City Council submitted two changes regarding noise to the Plan Commission. One change would limit work hours for construction crews and the other would limit the decibel levels on outdoor speakers at businesses.
Illinois, New Boston, "Living Under Detroit Airport's Flight Paths is "Hell on Earth"" (Sep. 17, 1998). The Detroit News reports one New Boston, Illinois, resident who lives in Detroit Metro Airport's southern flight path says the recent Northwest pilots strike gave her temporary reprieve from unbearable noise.
Illinois, Oak Park, "Technical Solutions to Acoustic Needs for Theater and Concert Hall Spaces" (Apr. 1, 2000). Entertainment Design published an interview about theater and concert hall acoustics with expert Rick Talaske of the Talaske Group, Inc. (Tgi) in Oak Park, Illinois. David Napoleon of Entertainment Design was the interviewer.
Illinois, Palos Hills, "Illinois City Amends Noise Ordinance" (May 5, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that Palos Hills, Illinois has amended its noise ordinance so that it now includes decibel threshold readings. In addition, a decibel meter will now be used by police to make it easier to enforce the regulations.
Illinois, Palwaukee, "Noise Consultant for Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Illinois Warns that Noise Study Does Not Guarantee Federal Noise-Abatement Funds" (Nov. 14, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a noise consultant conducting a study for Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Illinois warned that the study didn't guarantee noise-abatement funds.
Illinois, Palwaukee, "Palwaukee, Illinois Resident Proposes Noise Hot Line, But Officials Say One Exists and Isn't Very Useful" (Nov. 17, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that at a recent meeting on an airport noise study, a Palwaukee resident suggested instituting a noise hot line for Palwaukee Municipal Airport. Officials noted that the current answering machine does take noise complaints, but it has been seldom used and ineffective since complainers rarely leave their names. Also, an alderman made it clear that noise-abatement funds should not be counted on as a definite result of the study.
Illinois, Park Ridge, "Chicago Suburb Rejects Proposal to Join Chicago Airport Noise Commission and Supports Federal Legislation to Restore Noise Regulation Power to EPA" (Aug. 19, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Park Ridge (Illinois) City Council voted unanimously Monday night to reject a proposal to join the City of Chicago's O'Hare Airport Noise Commission. In addition, the council voted to endorse federal legislation that would restore the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate noise emissions, the article reports.
Illinois, Park Ridge, "Illinois Town Joins an Effort to Oust the FAA as Airport Noise Monitor" (Aug. 20, 1997). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Park Ridge, Illinois has become the first town to join a campaign by the Alliance of Residents Concerning O'Hare to remove the Federal Aviation Administration from airport noise monitoring and return the power to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Illinois, Park Ridge, "Mayor of Chicago Suburb Says Jet Noise Complaints are Being Ignored by Airport Officials" (Sep. 28, 1997). The Chicago Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Ronald Wietecha, Mayor of Park Ridge, Illinois, regarding noise from the O'Hare International Airport. Wietecha argues that the city of Chicago is not listening to the complaints of Park Ridge residents who have been fighting jet noise for 20 years.
Illinois, Park Ridge, "Chicago Suburb Creates Citizens Advisory Group on Jet Noise" (Apr. 17, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Park Ridge, Illinois has formed an eight-member citizens advisory group to give the city a voice in fighting jet noise from O'Hare International Airport. The article says the group met for the first time Wednesday, and about 20 residents attended the meeting and voiced complaints ranging from constant noise, low-flying airplanes, and the averaging of noise data that downplays intense periods.
Illinois, Park Ridge, "Residents in Chicago Suburb Voice Frustration Over Noisy Jets and Misleading Noise Measurements" (Jul. 16, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that Park Ridge Citizens O'Hare Airport Council in Park Ridge, Illinois met Wednesday to discuss residents' frustration over jet noise from O'Hare International Airport. Residents complained about misleading noise measurements done by the airport, and suggested that fines be charged to airlines that fly too close to the town or limits be placed on when planes can fly overhead.
Illinois, Park Ridge, "O’Hare Impact Study Warranted According to Mayor of Park Ridge, Illinois" (Jul. 30, 1998). Chicago Tribune published the following poignant commentary from the Mayor of Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, and neighbor to O’Hare International Airport. The commentary takes issue with the opinion of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board which concluded that any review of the environmental impact of safety, noise and air pollution implications from a shift of 100 military slots at O'Hare International Airport to commercial usage will, in all likelihood, show minimal adverse impact.
Illinois, Park Ridge, "New Citizens' Group Organizes around Noise Issues at O'Hara International Airport in Chicago, Illinois" (Jun. 18, 1998). Chicago Tribune reports that another group of residents critical about the noise from O'Hare International Airport has organized.
Illinois, Park Ridge, "Chicago Suburb Creates Citizens Advisory Council on Jet Noise" (Mar. 3, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that Ron Wietecha, the mayor of Park Ridge, Illinois, announced Monday that a citizens advisory council will be formed to provide a forum on noise from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The six-member council will be made up of residents from the areas hit hardest by jet noise, the article notes, and will meet monthly to review and interpret the results from permanent jet- noise monitors located in Park Ridge.
Illinois, Park Ridge, "Illinois Resident Highlights Health Hazards from O'Hare" (Feb. 13, 1999). The Chicago Tribune published a letter from Robert E. Pochron of Park Ridge, Illinois, who highlights the health dangers of air and noise pollution dispersed by O'Hare International Airport. Mr. Pochron writes:
Illinois, Plano, "Residents of Plano, Illinois, Say Proposed Raceway Will Ruin Quiet" (Jan. 21, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that a citizens group who oppose a motor speedway that would be built in Kendall County has scheduled a meeting Monday to discuss its opposition to the proposal.
Illinois, Pontiac, "Mayor in Pontiac, Illinois Must Decide Whether Bar Violated City's Liquor Code When Its Loud Music Disturbed Next-door Neighbors" (Aug. 5, 1998). The Pantagraph reports that the mayor of Pontiac, Illinois will decide whether a local bar violated the city's noise ordinance when it played loud music disturbing its neighbors.
Illinois, Prospect Heights and Wheeling, "Study Likely Will Be Undertaken on Noise Levels at Illinois Airport" (Oct. 1, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that officials in Prospect Heights and Wheeling, Illinois likely will commission a noise study for noise produced at the Palwaukee Municipal Airport, in response to complaints by residents. The two communities jointly own the airport, the article notes.
Illinois, River Forest and River Grove, "Aircraft Noise in River Forest and River Grove, Illinois Within Acceptable Limits, O'Hare Commission Says" (Mar. 29, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times reports on several newsworthy events in Chicago's suburbs. One item concerns recent monitoring of O'Hare International Airport noise levels in the towns of River Forest and River Grove.
Illinois, Rolling Meadows, "Chicago Suburb Seeks Voting Rights on Airport Noise Commission" (Sep. 18, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports the Rolling Meadows (Illinois) City Council has agreed to seek voting rights on the Chicago O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, a group formed by the mayor to make noise mitigation recommendations. Currently, the city is represented on the commission, but cannot vote on issues because it is not considered an "affected area." But residents convinced city councillors that the noise they experience warrants a vote on the commission, the article says.
Illinois, Rolling Meadows, "Chicago Town Says it Qualifies to Vote on O'Hare Noise Commission" (Jun. 26, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports the city of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, wants to have more say about how soundproofing efforts are funded by becoming a voting member of the Chicago-funded O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.
Illinois, Rolling Meadows, "City Official Wants Voting Rights for Rolling Meadows on O'Hare Noise Panel" (Jun. 25, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports an Illinois alderman in Rolling Meadows is urging that his city secure voting rights on the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission
Illinois, Rolling Meadows, "Rolling Meadows Community Near Chicago O'Hare Airport Gains Full Membership to Noise Commission, Hopes Money for Soundproofing Will Follow" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that Rolling Meadows, Illinois has been granted full-member status on the Chicago O'Hare Airport Noise Compatibility Commission. The decision was made after data showed the community to be in O'Hare's 'affected area' by FAA standards, and means that Rolling Meadows may have more access to soundproofing money. The commission makes recommendations to the Chicago's Department of Aviation about which homes and other buildings may need soundproofing.
Illinois, Rolling Meadows, "Rolling Meadows Community Near Chicago's O'Hare Airport Is Now a Member of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission" (Sep. 10, 1999). Chicago Daily Herald reports that Rolling Meadows, a community near Chicago's O'Hare Airport, has been admitted to the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission: the body that decides how and where soundproofing dollars will be spent. Based on 1997 noise-contour maps, many other communities have also been invited to become members. Locals are pleased, although they know that most money will still go to communities closer to the airport. One resident said he hoped the community would use their new status to oppose runway expansion
Illinois, Roselle, "Roselle (Chicago Suburb), Illinois' Schaumburg Airport to Monitor Noise Ordinance Compliance in Response to Resident Complaints" (May 27, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Schaumburg Regional Airport, on the outskirts of Chicago, plans to implement a noise abatement monitoring program in response to continued resident complaints. The program would track flights on random days and record whether pilots are legally high enough when they turn to fly over residential areas.
Illinois, Schaumberg, "Stadium Plans To Go To City Zoning Commission; Plans Get Cool Reception from Residents in Schaumberg and Roselle, Illinois" (Jun. 18, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that nearly 125 people attended a Schaumburg zoning hearing June 18 regarding the proposed minor-league baseball stadium. Many residents in attendance argued the proposed stadium site - in the middle of single-family suburbia- was not fitting to the suburban village of Schaumberg.
Illinois, Schaumberg, "Residents Hope Monitors at Schaumburg Regional Airport, Illinois Will Help Bring Back Some Peace and Quiet" (Apr. 22, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that at Schaumburg Regional Airport in Illinois, citizen complaints have prompted airport officials to begin monitoring the noise levels of departures and arrivals in order to ensure that the airport is complying with FAA regulations.
Illinois, Schaumburg, "Regional Illinois Airport Expands, While Other Nearby Airports Face Opposition Over Noise" (Aug. 28, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that many of the smaller, regional airports near Chicago have faced opposition due to noise pollution, including opposition to a proposed runway expansion at Lake in the Hills Airport in McHenry County, and an effort by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to turn Meigs Field into a park. However, the village of Schaumburg has recently taken the opposite track by saving the Schaumburg Regional Airport from demolition, spending another $8 million on development, and allowing commercial aircraft to use the airport. The article goes on to expand upon the economic benefits of reginal airports.
Illinois, Schaumburg, "Ballpark Approved by Illinois Village Trustees Despite Residents' Objections to Noise and Traffic" (Jun. 24, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald Cook reports Schaumburg trustees unanimously approved final plans for a publicly financed minor-league ballpark Tuesday, despite objections of noise and traffic congestion from some homeowners.
Illinois, Schaumburg, "Illinois Town Seeks to Clear Up Vagueness in Noise & Entertainment Zoning Rules" (May 14, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports in an effort to clarify rules that govern licensed entertainment establishments, officials in Schaumburg, Illinois, proposed changes to sections of the village's zoning code that regulates entertainment and noise.
Illinois, Schaumburg, "Schaumburg, Illinois Airport Noise Monitoring Program Reports Full Compliance Last Month" (Jan. 26, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that a noise monitoring program at Schaumburg Regional Airport shows that all planes were in full compliance of noise rules since last month. Noise complaints have decreased to 30 percent of their levels since 1997 when the program was begun.
Illinois, Schaumburg Township, "Neighbors in Illinois Township Worry About Potential Problems From Proposed Minor League Baseball Stadium" (Apr. 24, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a 5,000-seat, $7-million minor league baseball stadium was proposed last month in Schaumburg Township, Illinois. But Mandy Hagestedt, a neighbor who said she first learned about the proposed stadium on the evening news, is organizing other residents who are concerned about the noise, traffic, and bright lights that the stadium will bring.
Illinois, Sidney, "Possible Construction of Power Plant in Sidney, Illinois Brings Complaints from Residents" (Apr. 10, 2000). The News-Gazette in Sidney, Illinois reports that residents are concerned about a natural gas-fired "peaker" power plant slated to be built northeast of Sidney. They are concerned about noise, air pollution, and aesthetics. State Representative Timothy Johnson lives in the neighborhood most likely to be affected, and he has voiced strong opposition to the plant. He would like the zoning to be amended so that power plants would have to be located in industrial areas rather than rural areas.
Illinois, South Elgin, "Eliminating Truck Noise in Illinois Town May Come at High Economic Cost" (Sep. 24, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports an Illinois town is considering eliminating or rerouting truck traffic due to noise and pollution problems.
Illinois, South Elgin, "Illinois Town Conducts Study to Solve Truck Traffic Noise" (Sep. 23, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports noisy truck traffic through east-side residential streets in South Elgin, Illinois, may come to an end depending on the results of a village truck-traffic study.
Illinois, Springfield, "Noise Grant to Chicago Suburbs Discussed in Illinois State Legislature" (Mar. 24, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Illinois state transportation officials defended a $787,000 grant to suburbs around Chicago for equipment that monitors noise from O'Hare International Airport. State politicians loyal to Chicago's Mayor Daley objected to the grant during examination of the Transportation Department's budget in a Democrat-led House budget committee. In a related matter, Transportation Secretary Kirk Brown revealed that his agency has up to $8 million it could spend this year without legislative input to purchase land for a third Chicago area airport.
Illinois, Springfield, "Officials from Illinois' Palwaukee Airport Request Grant Money for Noise Study and Construction of Taxiway" (Oct. 14, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports officials from Palwaukee Municipal Airport bid for millions of dollars in grants for airport improvements. Plans for the grant money include an update of a noise study and construction of part of a taxiway on the main runway's west side.
Illinois, Springfield, "Illinois Municipalities with Ordinances that Exempt Ice Cream Truck Music From Noise Laws May Face Constitutionality Issues, Now that the State Has Thrown Out a Law that Does the Same" (Nov. 24, 1999). The Copley News Service reports that since the Illinois State Supreme Court has thrown out an unconstitutional state law that exempted ice cream trucks and other advertisers from vehicle noise laws, many municipal noise ordinances in Illinois may have to be changed as well. State legislators originally wanted to protect ice cream trucks which were just "playing a jingle", but the court and anti-noise activists say "noise abatement is noise abatement."
Illinois, Springfield, "Springfield, Illinois Plans to Strengthen Noise Law, Allowing Cars with Loud Stereos to Be Impounded" (Nov. 24, 1999). The Copley News Service reports that Springfield, Illinois is planning to strengthen their noise ordinance by allowing police to impound cars with stereos playing at an excessively loud volume. The ordinance, which is borrowing from similar ordinances in nearby communities Rock Island and Kankakee, should be drafted within three months.
Illinois, Springfield, "State of Illinois Awaits Governor's Signature on Bill Outlawing Boom Cars" (Apr. 14, 2000). The Copley News Service reports that the Illinois House of Representatives has passed a bill that will penalize drivers of vehicles playing stereos that can be heard at least 75 feet away from the vehicle. Police will be able to fine offenders $50 for violations. The bill will shortly be presented to Governor George Ryan for his signature.
Illinois, St. Charles, "St. Charles, Illinois Officials Consider Ultimatum in Dispute Over Airport Expansion Noise" (Jan. 8, 1998). St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Charles, Illinois City Council is frustrated with the lack of noise abatement strategies in the proposed plan for airport expansion favored by St. Louis and Lambert Field Airport officials. If a noise abatement agreement cannot be reached, the City of St. Charles is considering filing a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis and Lambert Field Airport.
Illinois, Streator, "Illinois Town Plan Commission Tables Proposed Noise Ordinance for Further Study" (Jun. 10, 1998). The Pantagraph reports that the Plan Commission in Streator, Illinois on Tuesday decided to table a proposed noise ordinance for further study. The decision came after two city councilors said they did not support the ordinance. The city manager drafted the noise ordinance, the article explains, but was held up in traffic in St. Louis and was not able to attend Tuesday's meeting to explain and defend the ordinance.
Illinois, Streator, "Planning Commission Decides to Table Proposed Noise Ordinance in Steator, Illinois" (Jun. 10, 1998). The Pantagraph reports that a noise ordinance was introduced to the Plan Commission in Streator, Illinois on Tuesday night. The commission decided to table the measure for further study.
Illinois, Sugar Grove, "Illinois Residents Stall Plans For Road Course" (Feb. 6, 2000). The Chicago Tribune reported on Sugar Grove residents who attended a planning commission meeting to oppose plans for a country club with a road course. While they were unable to stop the plans, residents were successful in stalling them.
Illinois, Sugar Grove, "Sugar Grove, Illinois Planners Delay Ruling on Proposed Road Loop at Country Club for High-Performance Cars -- Though Racecars Would Be Prohibited -- Until Noise Can Be Studied Further" (Jan. 26, 2000). The Chicago Tribune reports that Sugar Grove, Illinois planning officials have deferred their decision on an application for a road loop for high-performance cars at a local country club. Estimates place noise at 66 decibels, which could be present all day long during the warmer months.
Illinois, Vernon Hills, "Night-Time Train Whistles Bother Illinois Residents; Meetings Scheduled with Railroads. In Other Noise News: Vernon Hills Trustees Allow Weekend Construction" (Feb. 24, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports residents in Vernon Hills, Illinois, annoyed by the sound of train whistles late at night, plan to join other towns in asking railroads to stop the noise.
Illinois, Villa Park, "Illinois Village Officials Consider Noise Pollution Ordinance" (May 27, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that officials in Villa Park, Illinois are considering a noise pollution ordinance in order to address complaints from residents of Willow Pointe Condominiums that trucks parked at a Motel 6 make noise all night. The article says that several residents have recently demanded that the village control noise from parked trucks, especially those with refrigeration units.
Illinois, Villa Park, "Residents of Villa Park, Illinois Want Existing Noise Ordinance Strengthened to Increase Enforceability and Eliminate Late-Night Idling of Refrigerator Trucks" (Jun. 30, 1999). Chicago Tribune reports that the Villa Park, Illinois Village Board is considering changes to its noise ordinance that will allow police to crack down on drivers of refrigerator trucks who leave them idling all night. Residents near a motel lot where refrigerator trucks often idle complained at a recent board meeting. The current ordinance prohibits the trucks from running between 8 PM and 6 AM, but suggested changes would make the property owner responsible for not allowing the trucks to idle. One board member suggested putting the regulation under traffic laws, allowing easier enforceability.
Illinois, Warrenville, "Warrenville Joins West Chicago in Publicizing its Opposition to Union Pacific's Proposed Railport" (Oct. 1, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the city of Warrenville, Illinois is voicing its clear opposition to the railport proposed by Union Pacific. West Chicago has already publicized its opposition to the project.
Illinois, Washington, DC and Chicago, "Illinois Congress Members Seek to Halt Senator McCain's Plan to Add Flights at O'Hare" (Jul. 11, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Illinois Congress members stepped up pressure on Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) Friday, trying to stop him from moving forward on his plan to add 100 daily flights at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
Illinois, Wauconda, "Wauconda, Illinois Considers Increasing Penalties for Noise Ordinance to Increase Compliance" (Jun. 2, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that Wauconda, Illinois is considering stiffer penalties for violators of its noise ordinance. The proposal was prompted by increasing complaints about the noise from car stereos at a local apartment complex. Current fines range from $25-$750, but village officials say they 'lack teeth' without jail time to back it up.
Illinois, Waukegan, "Illinois Officials Prepare For Airport Expansion" (Dec. 15, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinois Department of Transportation is considering a runway expansion at the Waukegan Airport. Area residents worry about greater noise and traffic and its effects on homes and on wilderness areas.
Illinois, Waukegan, "Too Many Gulls Drive a Waukegan, Illinois Man to Appeal Cannon Booms Used to Scare Birds Away" (Apr. 20, 1999). Chicago Tribune reports that the propane cannons used to frighten nesting gulls away from the Waukegan, Illinois lakefront have one man fighting mad over the incessant noise.
Illinois, West Dundee, "West Dundee, Illinois Passes Noise Ordinance" (Nov. 17, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that in response to residents' complaints about noise from leaf blowers and vacuum trucks at a nearby business, West Dundee, Illinois has passed a noise ordinance. Fines will range from $25 to $500.
Illinois, West Dundee, "West Dundee, Illinois Considers Noise Ordinance to Address Garbage Collection, Construction, and Amplified Noise" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that West Dundee, Illinois is considering a noise ordinance that would restrict amplified noise, construction noise, and trash collection. Fines will range from $5 to $500, and maintenance of public property will be exempted.
Illinois, Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, "Idling Trains in Chicago Suburbs Disturb Residents" (Oct. 19, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that idling freight trains in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, Illinois have been disturbing nearby residents, who are annoyed at the fumes and noise from the trains. After meeting with administrators from the two suburbs, Union Pacific Railroad officials said they will consider moving the idling trains away from residential areas.
Illinois, Wheeling, "Residents Optimistic, Officials Cautious about Airport's Noise Diversion Study" (May 9, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports residents who live in an apartment complex near the Palwaukee Municipal Airport welcome the news that airport officials plan to study a possible shift of the airfield's main runway to direct planes over an industrial area instead of the apartments. However, airport officials say it may be too late to make such changes.
Illinois, Wheeling, "Residents Upset When Airport Put Noise Study at a Low Priority in Wheeling, Illinois" (Oct. 7, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that local officials and residents are lobbying state aviation officials for an estimated $90 million in improvements at the Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Wheeling, Illinois.
Illinois, Wheeling, "Housing Development Approved Near Illinois' Palwaukee Airport, Clause Prevents Noise Lawsuits from Residents" (Sep. 9, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports the village board of Wheeling, Illinois unanimously approved a new subdivision on a piece of land north of Palwaukee Municipal Airport.
Illinois, Wheeling/Prospect Heights, "Illinois Airport Gets New Holding Apron Designed to Reduce Noise for Nearby Residents" (Jul. 17, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that the construction has begun on a new holding apron at the Palwaukee Municipal Airport outside Chicago (Illinois), in order to reduce noise for residents from planes waiting to take off from the airport's main runway.
Illinois, Wilmette, "Noise Consultant for Wilmette, Illinois Residents Near Edens Expressway Recommend Noise Walls and Shrubbery" (Sep. 3, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the noise consultant for Wilmette, Illinois recommends a combination of soundwalls and shrubbery to block highway noise after a year-long $100,000 study. The project -- designed to reduce the 79 decibels that those nearest Edens Expressway currently experience -- would cost $1.5 million, and the village hopes to get half of the funding from the state.
Illinois, Winfield, "Illinois Town Considers New Ordinance to Limit Noise" (Jun. 5, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that trustees in Winfield, Illinois considered a draft noise ordinance Thursday that would levy fines for "excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud noise." According to village officials, the ordinance was drawn up in response to people complaining about noisy pets.
Illinois, Winfield, "Illinois Town Rejects Noise Ordinance as Too Broad and Restrictive" (Feb. 22, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports late last week, the village board of Winfield, Illinois, voted to reject a proposed noise ordinance that many residents argued was unnecessary and too broad.
Illinois, Woodstock, "Noise Expert Calls Plans for Illinois Power Plant 'Fatally Flawed'" (Apr. 17, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports a noise expert testified Friday that an electrical generating plant near Woodstock, Illinois, may create enough noise to be considered a nuisance for neighbors.
Illinois, Woodstock, "Illinois Residents' Noise Fears about Power Plant Not Quieted by Noise Experts" (Mar. 11, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports despite noise experts testifying to the contrary, residents of Woodstock, Illinois, are opposed to a proposed power plant because they believe it will bring noise and air pollution and generally lower the quality of life in their region.
Illinois, Woodstock, "Illinois Residents Question Impartiality of Noise Experts Hired by Power Plant" (Mar. 12, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports concerns over the effects of noise from a proposed electricity-generating power plant near Woodstock, Illinois, dominated the third night of public hearings. Some citizens question the impartiality of noise specialists hired by the power plant.
India, "Public Parks in India are Being Turned Into Noisy Celebration Venues, Columnist Complains" (Nov. 24, 1997). Business Line printed an editorial in which the columnist argues that public parks in India are being converted into locations for one noisy personal celebration after another. The writer urges people to join the "quiet India" revolution in order to save the public parks for their intended use and protect human hearing.
India, "Traffic Policemen in India Subjected to Excessive Noise and Pollution" (Aug. 16, 1999). The Hindu reports that in India, traffic police are exposed to high levels of noise and pollution. Many suffer from respiratory problems, and 'auto-rickshaws' with altered mufflers can damage hearing. Despite the prevalence of health problems, many police do not attend free check-ups offered to them. "Goggles, masks against dust, and ear protection" are being proposed as mandatory equipment for traffic police
India, "India Faces High Noise Levels From Many Sources, Especially Traffic" (Aug. 30, 1999). India Today reports that India has a noise pollution problems that take many residential areas above the acceptable 55-decibel level. Loud motorists do what they want and get away with it because of a lack of police time. In addition to hearing loss, noise can cause irritability, cardiac problems, insomnia, and less proficient sexual performance. Noise may exacerbate learning disabilities in children, and damage the immature ear in fetuses. One important obstacle to better regulation is public apathy. Soon, manufacturers of household appliances will have to note how loud their equipment is.
India, "Government of India Will Regulate Noise Pollution" (Jun. 8, 1999). M2 Presswire reports that the Government of India's Ministry of Environment and Forests will set regulations to control noise pollution. Noise sources targeted will include firecrackers, construction, P.A. systems, amplified music, generators, and loud vehicles. In the case of firecrackers, manufacturers will be targeted as well. The action is based on the understanding that noise has "an adverse effect on human health and affect[s] the physical and psychological well being of the people." Regulators will seek to insure that existing ambient noise standards are not exceeded, and will give police power to enforce these regulations.
India, "India Says It Must Control Population to Save the Environment: Noise Among Major Issues" (Apr. 17, 2000). An article in Business Line printed an article regarding the primary cause of pollution in India--overpopulation. Noise was a major concern.
India, Madras, "Electioneering and Religious Festivals in Madras, India Fill the Air with Noise, and Police are Slow to Enforce Limits" (Sep. 20, 1999). The Hindu reports that amplified sound from electioneering and religious festivals in Madras, India is getting worse., and the "touchiness" of religion in India means that police are often slow to act. Cars with altered mufflers or loud horns also cause disruption. Laws that exist include rules against cone speakers, and maximum noise levels in different zones.
India, New Delhi, "Political Party in India Fined for Political Noise Pollution" (Dec. 10, 1997). The Agence France Presse reports that a political party in India has been fined 10,000 rupees (256 dollars) for causing noise pollution, it was reported Wednesday.
India, New Delhi, "Indian Government to Enforce New Noise Rules Under Environment Protection Act" (Feb. 18, 2000). According to an article from the M2 Presswire, the Ministry of Environment and Forests is getting tough on noise pollution, a significant problem in India's cities and urban areas. The article said that the Noise Pollution Rules 2000 aim to regulate and reduce noise at the source.
Indiana area, Indianapolis, "Indiana Town Officials Present Suggestions for Reducing Jet Noise from Indianapolis Airport" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Indianapolis News reports that officials from Plainfield and Mooresville, Indiana offered suggestions for diverting most of the planes from Indianapolis International Airport away from Metro West area towns at a public hearing Wednesday night. The article says that about 30 residents and several of their attorneys from areas in Hendricks, Morgan, and Marion counties also offered suggestions. The Indianapolis Airport Authority held the public hearing to gather comments about the airport's latest planned changes in flight patterns and other steps to mitigate or compensate neighbors for the harmful noise. The public's comments will be reviewed before the airport board votes in January on a new noise mitigation plan, according to airport spokesperson Dennis Rosebrough, after which the plan will be sent to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval.
Indiana, Broad Ripple, "Neighbors of New Off-Leash Dog Park in Broad Ripple, Indiana Worry About Noise, Smell, and Health Issues" (Jul. 21, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports that neighbors of a new off-leash dog park in Broad Ripple, Indiana are worried about noise, smell, and health issues that the park may create. The grassy two-acre fenced-in zone has benches and a dispenser with disposable bags for picking up after pets, and will be open from dawn until dusk. Advocates say that dogs rarely bark at a dog park because they aren't bored, lonely, or territorial. Also, dog owners tend to consistently clean up after their pets because of positive peer pressure from other owners. Park officials will be stationed at the "bark park" during peak hours, and will do periodical walk-throughs and disinfecting of waste receptacles. Owners will register their pets at the park offices, and will be barred from bringing food, alcohol, or children under 12; any problem dogs will also be banned.
Indiana, Brownsburg, "Resident in Brownsburg, Indiana Presents a Case Against the Proposed Conversion of a Trap Shooting Range Into a Police Firing Range" (Nov. 12, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports that a resident living near a trap-shooting club in Brownsburg, Indiana urged the town not to convert the facility into a police firing range. She came with substantial evidence, including maps and guidelines for the creation of firing ranges. The town is currently conducting a study that will look at noise and safety issues.
Indiana, Carmel, "Carmel, Indiana's New Noise Ordinance Includes Stiffer Fines and Specific Noise Limits" (Aug. 4, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports that Carmel, Indiana has passed a new noise ordinance that includes fines ranging from $250 to $2,500; it forbids 90 decibels as measured from six feet away, and any audible noise from forty feet away. Officers will respond to noise complaints armed with decibel meters and tape measures. Some council members were worried that the stricter rules were getting into "government overkill" mode.
Indiana, Carmel, "New Noise Ordinance in Carmel, Indiana Imposes Stiff Fines for Loud Car Stereos" (Jul. 16, 1999). The Indianapolis News reports that a new noise ordinance has been proposed in Carmel, Indiana's City Council that impose stiff fines on noise such as that from loud car stereos. Fines will range from $250 to $2500. Common household lawn and garden equipment will be exempt from 7 AM to 10 PM, as well as approved gatherings and celebrations. Violations will include sound heard from forty feet away or sound measured at 90 decibels or above at 6 feet from the source.
Indiana, Carmel, "New Ordinance in Carmel, Indiana Aimed to Quiet Nighttime Noise" (Jul. 21, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports that a new noise ordinance in Carmel, Indiana is aimed at reducing noise in the community. Problems in the community include loud car stereos, barking dogs, and early morning garbage trucks. After the ordinance is passed, noise of over 90 decibels as measured 6 feet from the source will be forbidden between 10 PM and 7 AM, except for a few exemptions. Fines will range from $250 to $2500.
Indiana, Carmel, "Carmel, Indiana Residents Doubt 10-Foot-Wall Will Effectively Cut Noise From Library's Air Conditioner" (Jul. 28, 1999). The Indianapolis News reports that Carmel, Indiana residents who live near the library's noisy air conditioner don't believe that the proposed ten-foot wall is high enough to effectively block the noise. The library will also apply sound-absorbing material to the wall and other surrounding walls, as well as reducing nighttime operation. Library officials maintain that moisture issues required noisy nighttime operation before now, and also say that the wall can not be built higher since the chiller needs access to a certain amount of air.
Indiana, Carmel, "New Carmel,Indiana Library Popular With Residents, Though Building's Air-Conditioner Noise Poses Problems" (Mar. 16, 2000). The Indianapolis Star reports that the Carmel,Indiana Library Director, John Fuchs, is leaving his post after eight years. He was instrumental in getting the $24.5 million community library built. Library usage is up. However, there have been complaints about the noise levels outside the building due to the library's new air conditioning system.
Indiana, Danville, "Indiana Planning Commission Approves Subdivision Near Airport's Flight Path" (Feb. 13, 1998). The Indianapolis News reports the Hendricks County Area Plan Commission this week unanimously approved plans for a small subdivision in Danville, Indiana close to the flight path and noise of airplanes from the Indianapolis International Airport. The developer said he would build the homes with extra soundproofing and would warn buyers about the potential jet noise.
Indiana, Danville, "Indiana County Approves New Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 15, 1998). The Indianapolis Star reports that County Commissioners in Hendricks County, Indiana approved a new ordinance Monday designed to regulate excessive noise and disorderly conduct. The ordinance allows officers to issue citations for violations, and to issue warnings on the first offense.
Indiana, Danville, "Noise Ordinance in Hendricks County, Indiana Repealed After Less Than a Year Since Vague Language Makes it Impossible to Enforce" (Jun. 9, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports that a noise ordinance passed last July in Hendricks County, Indiana was repealed by the County Commission because of difficulties with enforcement. The ordinance was watered-down from the original proposal by the Sheriff's Department, and vague language defined a violation only as "unreasonable noise which is clearly audible beyond the bounds of their personal property." Police officers were also unable to accurately measure the volume of alleged disturbances.
Indiana, Elkhart, "Elkhart, Indiana Toughens Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 11, 1999). The South Bend Tribune reports that Elkhart, Indiana's noise ordinance will be toughening fines, ranging from $100 to $2500. The ordinance will now apply around the clock, and police can identify violators by hearing a noise 50 feet from the source, measuring over 83 decibels at 15 feet, or subjectively judging a sound to be "inherently offensive and patently obnoxious." Recent regulation of train whistles in Elkhart prompted the revisions to the ordinance in the interest of dealing with several other noise issues -- such as loud mufflers or stereos -- at the same time.
Indiana, Elkhart, "Elkhart, Indiana Receives State Approval to Ban Train Whistles" (Apr. 6, 2000). The Southbend Tribune reports that the city of Elkhart, Indiana has received permission from the Indiana Department of Transportation (InDOT) to ban train whistles at 11 different railroad crossings throughout the city. Norfolk Southern Railway has 15 days to appeal InDOT's decision.
Indiana, Evansville, "New Noise Ordinance in Evansville, Indiana Allows Police to Identify Violators by Distance, Eliminating Need for Decibel Meters" (Apr. 29, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that a new Evansville, Indiana noise ordinance will forbid car stereos and boom boxes from being heard 30 feet away. Police will now be able to identify violators by measuring distance, and will not need decibel meters. Increasing noise complaints from residents prompted the new ordinance. About 50 residents attended a recent city council meeting to support the ordinance.
Indiana, Fishers, "Public Library Board in Fishers, Indiana OKs New Policy for Reducing Noise in Library and Suspending Privileges for Uncooperative Patrons" (May 26, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports that the Fishers, Indiana Public Library Board approved a new policy to deal with increasing noise-related complaints in their two branches. Problems have included parents yelling to their children, higher numbers of cell phone and pager disruptions, and disruptively loud conversations. The policy establishes a procedure of issuing a written or verbal warning.
Indiana, Franklin, "Orchard Owners Restricted On Methods To Frighten Birds" (Dec. 18, 1997). The Indianapolis News reports that an apple orchard and farm market will be allowed to expand after the Zoning Board restricted the use of noise devices to frighten birds.
Indiana, Goshen, "Public Meeting in Goshen, Indiana to Discuss Limiting Train Whistle Noise" (Sep. 9, 1999). The South Bend Tribune reports that a public meeting in Goshen, Indiana began a dialogue between city officials and residents on how to reduce noise from train whistles. Residents believe the whistles to have gotten shriller, louder, and less consistent in their number and pattern. Rail officials admitted that engineers sometimes use distinctive 'signatures', "personalizing them or using them to communicate with other engineers." While the Mayor noted that whistles can not be totally banned, new state legislation allows communities to regulate whistles at crossings with both lights and gates. Other communities have used measures such as curbing, vertical delineators, and nets. The council has rejected a resolution to regulate whistles on the local level, but has said it will consider an ordinance if a petition is presented. The Federal Rail Administration also intends to create new standards, which could trump any local ordinance.
Indiana, Greenwood, "Indiana Man Enraged at Noisy Teen-Agers Charged for Firing a Gun" (Jul. 29, 1997). The Indianapolis News reports that a man in Greenwood, Indiana has been arrested for firing a .45-caliber handgun into the ground after becoming enraged that teen-agers were using a hydraulic system to bounce a car through his neighborhood. The man told sheriff's deputies that he "just snapped."
Indiana, Greenwood, "Greenwood, Indiana City Council to Consider Raising the Fine for Noise Ordinance Violation from $15" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Indianapolis News reports on several local issues including tax abatement, property taxes, and noise. After complaints from an elderly resident about excessively loud car stereos, the city council is considering an increase in the current $15 fine for noise violations. Police receive frequent noise complaints but fines are too low to effectively deter violators.
Indiana, Indianapolis, "Indianapolis Airport's Newest Noise Relief Proposal Offers Residents Soundproofing or Buyouts" (Jul. 13, 1997). The Indianapolis Star reports that in response to residents' complaints about jet noise from the Indianapolis International Airport, the Indianapolis Airport Authority has proposed a plan to soundproof homes in certain areas or offer to buy the homes from residents and re-sell them. The airport's proposal is an attempt to preserve neighborhoods to a greater degree than has been done in the past, airport officials said.
Indiana, Indianapolis, "Indianapolis Airport Proposes New Noise Mitigation Programs" (Jun. 21, 1997). The Indianapolis Star reports that the Indianapolis (Indiana) International Airport has proposed new noise programs designed to provide relief to residents. The proposals include soundproofing and buying homes southwest of the airport, and in areas less affected by noise, providing some compensation for homeowners unable to sell their homes at appraised values. In addition, the proposals include having departing planes change the times when they turn toward their destination, which could lessen noise impacts.
Indiana, Indianapolis, "Homeowners' Interests Regarding Aircraft Noise Left out of Noise Reduction Plan Sent by Indianapolis Airport Authority to FAA for Approval" (Feb. 7, 1998). The Indianapolis Star reports that homeowners' issues regarding aircraft noise were not included in an aircraft noise reduction plan approved by the Indianapolis Airport Authority board on February 4, 1998. It could take as much as six months for the Federal Aviation Administration to rule on the plan.
Indiana, Indianapolis, "Indiana Resident Asks How to Get Relief From Noisy Dog" (Jul. 18, 1998). The Indianapolis Star reports printed a column in which a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana asked whether there is a county ordinance that protects residents from neighbors' dogs that bark incessantly. The columnist responded by outlining the law enforcement process that the resident could undertake.
Indiana, Indianapolis, "Indianapolis Resident Says Police Unwilling to Enforce Noise Ordinances Downtown" (Sep. 23, 1998). The Indianapolis Star published the following letter from Arthur J. Usher IV, an Indianapolis, Indiana, resident. Usher contends the city police are unwilling to enforce noise ordinances, making living in the city practically unbearable. Usher wrote:
Indiana, Indianapolis, "Recovering Indianapolis Conference Center Opposes Proposal for Go-Kart Track One Floor Above Meeting Rooms" (Nov. 23, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports that operators of an Indianapolis Conference Center -- which is just attempting a comeback after closing several years ago -- oppose a proposal that would place a go-kart track one floor above them. Sound experts say no noise would come through, but operators are wary of the recent $8-million investment in the building.
Indiana, Indianapolis, "Indiana Residents Want Noise Barriers Along I-465" (Mar. 24, 2000). According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana residents from Northeastside want the state highway department to build a noise barrier when they rebuild Interstate 465 this year, and sent a petition to the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Indiana, Little York, "Indiana Residents Cry "Foul" Over Stockyard Deal" (Mar. 21, 2000). The Courier-Journal reported that a proposed $1 million stockyard deal in Little York is a source of contention between cattlemen and some town residents who project a positive economic impact and other residents who fear that it will hinder residential development from a neighboring county.
Indiana, Noblesville, "Indiana Residents Question Highway Officials About Road Widening Project" (Jun. 13, 1998). The Indianapolis Star reports that residents in Noblesville, Indiana who will be affected by the proposed widening of 146th Street, questioned Hamilton County highway officials this week about the noise, safety, and necessity of the project. The article notes that the county will hold four more public meetings next week to discuss the proposed project.
Indiana, Noblesville, "Indiana Residents Along 146th Seek Solutions to Noise from Four Lanes" (Mar. 25, 1999). The Indianapolis News reports Indiana residents who live along 146 Street are concerned with finding a way to minimize traffic noise when the new four-lane route is complete.
Indiana, Plainfield, "Public Hearing on Noise Plan at Indianapolis Airport is Delayed" (Aug. 16, 1997). The Indianapolis News reports that the Indianapolis Airport Authority voted Friday to delay a public hearing on a noise mitigation plan for the airport by 30 days. The hearing was set for August 25, but the Plainfield Town Council sent a letter to the authority asking for a 90-day delay. In a related development, the Town of Plainfield decided this week to hire a consultant to study the noise plan for the town.
Indiana, Plainfield, "Residents Drop Lawsuit Against Indianapolis Airport After Soundproofing Agreement Reached" (Jun. 30, 1997). The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that a group of residents in Plainfield, Indiana has dropped its lawsuit over airport noise after the Indianapolis Airport Authority agreed to include the residents' homes in a new noise-reduction program. The agreement stipulates that the authority will pay to soundproof homes in the Cottonwood Court subdivision, but if residents are still bothered by the noise, the authority would purchase their homes and try to resell them.
Indiana, Plainfield, "Residents in Indiana Withdraw Lawsuit Against Airport After Purchase Assurance Program is Proposed" (Jul. 2, 1997). The Indianapolis News reports that residents of Cottonwood Court in Plainfield, Indiana have dropped their lawsuit against Indianapolis International Airport operator BAA after receiving promises that the airport will a new program to mitigate the noise impact. The program will allow homeowners in certain areas to sell their homes to the airport or receive a free package of new windows, doors, and insulation to cut down on airplane noise.
Indiana, Plainfield, "Hearing on Soundproofing and Purchase Program for Homes Near Indianapolis Airport is Postponed" (Sep. 26, 1997). The Indianapolis Star reports that a public hearing on the Indianapolis (Indiana) Airport Authority's plans to alleviate noise problems for surrounding homeowners has been postponed until November after a request from the Plainfield Town Council for a 15-day extension. The hearing was supposed to be held Monday, but now will be held on November 12, the article says.
Indiana, Plainfield, "Homeowners Near Indianapolis International Airport to Get Noise Assistance" (Nov. 21, 1998). The Indianapolis News reports the Federal Aviation Administration has approved a new plan to reduce the impact of airplane noise from Indianapolis International Airport on homeowners in Plainfield, Indiana.
Indiana, Plainfield, "Contractors Educated on Installing Noise Insulation for Homes Near Indianapolis International Airport" (Apr. 9, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports work will begin soon to insulate hundreds of Hendricks County homes from the noise of jets from Indianapolis International Airport.
Indiana, Plainfield, "Indianapolis International Airport Asks FAA to Require Higher Altitude Before Turning Over Communities to Reduce Noise Impact" (Jul. 31, 1999). The Indianapolis News reports that in a noise study performed for the Indianapolis International Airport, the airport authority has asked the FAA to require pilots to climb higher before turning over communities in order to reduce noise impacts. The new requirements would require pilots to fly at least 4.5 miles before turning. Planes would not only fly higher but would also keep to a narrower corridor instead of spreading out over several communities. Already, the airport has bought over 1,000 homes for $100 million in the area, and this year 380 more residents have been offered noise-abatement in some form, such as soundproofing
Indiana, Plainfield, "Greensboro, North Carolina Residents Living Near Piedmont Triad International Airport May See their Neighborhoods Dismantled Due to Excessive Noise from a Proposed FedEx Hub, As Has Happened In Similar Neighborhoods Near Indianapolis' International Airport" (Nov. 7, 1999). The News and Record reports that neighborhoods south of Indianapolis International Airport are being slowly dismantled as the airport buys out houses impacted by jet noise. Greensboro, North Carolina residents fear that a FedEx hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport -- which would make Piedmont very similar to Indianapolis -- could cause similar problems to the south. Most flights would be routed south at Piedmont due to wind patterns, just as they are in Indianapolis, which would protect the most vocal opponents of the new hub: upscale suburban homeowners north of the airport.
Indiana, Plainfield, "Plainfield, Indiana's Strategy for Replacing Taxes Lost When Airport Bought Land By Increasing Incentives for Businesses May Be Model for Greensboro, North Carolina, Where Airport Growth Is Similar to Plainfield" (Nov. 8, 1999). The News and Record reports that when Plainfield, Indiana began losing property taxes because Indianapolis International Airport was buying land in the area, they began offering incentives to businesses. Greensboro, North Carolina is looking at Plainfield's model, since a proposed FedEx Hub at Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport is similar to Indianapolis' airport growth.
Indiana, Plainfield, "Residences Around Greensboro, North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport May Go the Way of Neighborhoods Near Indianapolis' International Airport; Some Neighborhoods May Be Soundproofed, Others May Be Demolished" (Nov. 8, 1999). The News and Record reports that neighborhoods surrounding Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina may share a fate that has befallen neighborhoods around Indianapolis International Airport: soundproofing or demolition. The Airport owner pays all of the expenses associated with these projects to comply with federal law.
Indiana, South Bend, "Some at Seniors Community in South Bend, Indiana Are Bothered by Street Noise, Others Are Not" (Jul. 25, 1999). The South Bend Tribune reports that while some senior citizens at the Robertson's Apartments in downtown South Bend, Indiana are disturbed by street noise, others are not. Residents who are bothered cite a loud bar across the street, unruly patrons from the bar, motorcycles loud enough to set off car alarms, and outdoor concerts at a nearby parking garage. The outdoor concerts -- whose organizers have agreed to face the bands away from the apartments -- always end before 11 PM, and the bar owner said he establishment has been fight-free for over one year, though the article didn't address the legality of other noises. Some residents blame city planners for allowing a senior citizen community next to a loud bar, while they commend the easy access they have to bus service and shopping.
Indiana, St. Joseph County, "St. Joseph County, Indiana Council Adopts Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 14, 1999). The South Bend Tribune reports that St. Joseph County has a new noise ordinance -- driven by increasing development in formerly rural areas -- allowing police to ticket those who are making "loud, raucous or disturbing noises. " The ordinance, which takes effect in August, is similar to ordinances already in place in nearby municipalities.
Indiana, Wayne Township, "Indiana Township Calls Public Meeting to Interpret Technical Aircraft Noise Report" (Sep. 6, 1997). The Indianapolis Star reports that Charles Spears, Assessor for Wayne Township, Indiana, has called a public meeting to interpret a highly technical report on the impact of aircraft noise from Indianapolis International Airport. The report, which was released by the Indianapolis Airport Authority and prepared by a consultant, outlines the impact of noise on residents in Wayne and Decatur townships and Hendricks County. The meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m. in Ben Davis Junior High School, 1200 N. Girls School Road. The article notes that the airport authority has scheduled its own public hearing on the report for September 29 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of Plainfield High School.
Indiana, West Lafayette, "West Lafayette, Indiana's Purdue University Creates Institute to Study Tire and Highway Noise" (Sep. 20, 1999). Rubber & Plastics News reports that Purdue University in West LaFayette, Indiana has created the Institute of Safe, Quiet and Durable Highways. Tires have been studied at the University for years, and researchers already believe road noise to result from several distinct factors that warrant further study. The institute will have a $7 million budget for its first five years. There are opposing views at the new institute regarding the usefulness of "rubber-modified" asphalt, and it remains to be seen whether much research will be done in that area.
Indiana, Westfield, "Noise Regulation is Part of Indiana Town's Comprehensive Plan" (Nov. 1, 1997). A much longer article from The Indianapolis News reports Westfield, Indiana's vision for their comprehensive plan for growth and management that came from two recent planning sessions. Among the priorities of the 140 residents who participated were desires to preserve the rural charm of their area while fostering mixed growth, and subdivisions with houses that aren't mirror images of each other. Among their concerns was the regulation of noise pollution from a nearby airport.
Indonesia, Bali, "Island of Bali Gets Ready for Annual Religious Day of Silence" (Apr. 8, 1997). Asia Pulse reports that the Indonesian tourist island of Bali celebrates the Nyepi holiday tomorrow -- the annual Hindu day of silence. Everyone on Bali is forbidden from leaving their homes or hotels, from making noise, and from using electricity for 26 hours, and local religious police patrol the island to make sure the rules are enforced.
Iowa, Des Moines, "Des Moines, Iowa Police Claim Noise Ordinance Will Now Be Enforced" (Oct. 17, 1999). The Des Moines Register reports that Des Moines, Iowa police will now enforce its noise ordinance, which has been around for years.
Iowa, Des Moines, "Indiana Diner Reduces Parties and Loud Music in Response to Neighbors' Complaints" (Mar. 22, 2000). The Des Moines Register reported that local residents want to impose a decrease in the number of motorcycle and classic car events at a local diner because of the noise activity.
Iowa, Dubuque, "Cities Nationwide Enact Noise Control Ordinances" (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that cities across the country have recently passed noise ordinances targeting everything from car stereos, motorcycles, noisy night clubs, outdoor concerts, leafblowers, and ice cream trucks. The article goes on to provide a list of cities that recently have passed ordinances.
Iowa, Dubuque, "Constant Noise Exposure Can Lead to Hearing Loss" (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that constant exposure to loud noise can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss depending on the volume, duration, and repetition of exposure, according to experts. The article goes on to outline how hearing is damaged from noise pollution.
Iowa, Dubuque, "Iowa Town Ordinance Prohibits Excessive Noise" (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that the noise ordinance in Dubuque, Iowa prohibits many excessive noises. The article goes on to describe the specifics of the city ordinance.
Iowa, Dubuque, "Noise Pollution Diminishes Well-Being in an Iowa Town" (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that noise pollution is an important issue for many Dubuque, Iowa residents. The article explores the ways in which noise affects our health and well-being, and then goes on to describe Dubuque's noise ordinance and problems with its enforcement.
Iowa, Dubuque, "Dubuque Targets Noise from Car Stereos and Dogs in Noise Ordinances" (May 5, 1998). The Telegraph Herald reports the Dubuque, Iowa ,City Council approved two ordinances Monday night to make the city quieter.
Iowa, Dubuque, "Dubuque, Iowa Council Members Ride in Big Rigs and Decide that "Jake Brakes" Shouldn't Be Outlawed; Instead, Police Should Ticket Truckers Whose Brakes are Loud from Lack of Maintenance" (Sep. 17, 1999). The Telegraph Herald reports that city council members in Dubuque, Iowa recently took a ride in big rigs to hear the noise caused by "jake brakes." The council members reported that the brakes are only noisy when not maintained properly. Instead of the proposed ban on the brakes, a noise ordinance was passed to ticket truckers who did not maintain the brakes properly.
Iowa, Hampton, "Neighbors File Lawsuit Against Noisy Factory in Hampton, Iowa" (Mar. 30, 2000). The Des Moines Register in Iowa published three short local news articles. One of them concerns a lawsuit over noise in Hampton, Iowa.
Iowa, Montpelier, "New Steel Plant Annoys Neighbors near Montpelier, Iowa" (Aug. 3, 1998). The Des Moines Register reports that a new steel plant in Montpelier, Iowa is trying to reach full production while maintaining air pollution standards -and it's annoying many neighbors.
Iowa, Urbandale, "Urabandale Bars Near Residences Can No Longer Host Live Bands, Says Recently Enforced Zoning Law" (Nov. 16, 1999). The Des Moines Register reports that at least three bars near residences in Urbandale, Iowa have lost their ability to legally host live entertainment after residents complained. Bars in "commercial neighborhood" zoning can't have live entertainment.
Iowa, Waterloo, "Iowa Town Delays Race Track Until Reliable Noise Data Available" (Apr. 12, 1999). The Associated Press reports a proposal to bring stock car racing to Iowa's Waterloo Greyhound Park has been put on hold after zoning commissioners raised concern over noise.
Iowa, Waterloo, "Iowa Stock Car Racing Proposal Tabled for Lack of Noise Data" (Apr. 8, 1999). The Associated Press reports a proposal to bring stock car racing to Waterloo Greyhound Park has been put on hold after zoning commissioners raised concern over noise.
Ireland, "Irish Man Takes Neighbor to Court for Crowing Rooster; Now Neighbor Blares TV and Radio Noise" (Jul. 10, 1998). The Mirror reports that an Irish man, Mr. Masterson, took his neighbor, Mrs. Gallagher, to court to stop her rooster from crowing every morning at 4:30 a.m. in the summer. Now, the article says, Mrs. Gallagher has started to blare her radio and television at all hours of the day.
Ireland, "Ireland's Minister for Public Enterprise Tells Legislators She Hopes European Union Aircraft Noise Rule Will Be Amended; Her Spokesperson Says Ireland Neither Supports Nor Opposes the Rule" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Irish Times reports that Ireland's Minister of Enterprise told legislators that she hoped for " an alteration to the European Union (EU) aircraft noise directive." Her official position says Ireland neither "champions nor opposes" the rule. According to statements after the fact, she meant to say that she hoped talks between the U.S. and the E.U. are progressing well. She has met with other EU officials to emphasize the plight of Irish businessmen who may lose money under the rule which bans the use of hush-kits on louder airplanes.
Ireland, "Irish Soldier Receives Financial Award for Army-Related Hearing Loss" (Jun. 16, 1999). The Irish Times reports a long-term Irish soldier successfully sued the Minister for Defense and State for the hearing loss he suffered while in the army.
Ireland, Baldonnel, "Proposed Airport Near Dublin, Ireland Would Thrust Noise Upon Wealthy Suburb Residents" (Aug. 4, 1999). The Irish Times reports that a proposed new airport in Baldonnel, Ireland would irritate residents of several upscale Dublin suburbs. The airports flight path would pass over suburbs at altitudes as low as 1,000 feet, and that even if the airline reduced its noise intensity, the frequency of flights "can be as disturbing as the actual noise, particularly at night."
Ireland, Dublin, "Two U2 Concerts Banned in Ireland Due to Neighbors' Noise Concerns" (Jul. 30, 1997). The International Herald Tribune reports that two sold-out homecoming concerts by the Irish rock group U2, scheduled to be held in Dublin, Ireland at the Lansdowne Road rugby stadium, have been banned by the High Court because of residents' concern over noise, according to reports in Irish newspapers on Tuesday. Residents living near the stadium told the court that the Irish Rugby Football Union had no legal right to subject them to loud and persistent noise, the article reports.
Ireland, Dublin, "Irish Employers Take Notice Of Growing Claims For Damaged Hearing From Work Related Noise" (Dec. 5, 1997). The Irish Times reports that many businesses in Ireland are not aware of their vulnerability to claims for hearing loss.
Ireland, Dublin, "Former Military Employee Sues Irish Government over Hearing Loss" (Apr. 10, 2000). The Irish Times reports on a recent court case. Mr. Seamus Kinlan sued Ireland's Minister for Defense and the Attorney General for noise-induced hearing loss that he incurred during his years working as a member of the Defense Forces. He wanted the government to pay for hearing aids. The court decided that his hearing is not currently bad enough for hearing aids, but he would be compensated for probable future hearing loss.
Ireland, Waterford, "Irish Residents Oppose Plan for Wind Farm Because of Noise and Other Potential Impacts" (Mar. 26, 1998). The Irish Times reports that residents in Waterford, Ireland have lodged objections to a plan by the ESB to build 16 wind turbines on a 200-acre coastal site at Carnsore Point, County Wexford. The residents have formed an action group to oppose the plan because of concerns ranging from visual amenity, potential noise pollution, the impact on wildlife, and the wind farm's proximity to homes.
Irvine, "California City To Sue Orange County Over Flights" (May 27, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that the Irvine City Council took an aggressive legal position instead of merely accepting flight demonstrations scheduled at the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro.
Irvine; Ca; Us; Pacific, "Property Values Near a Proposed Airport at the Former El Toro Marines Base Stay Strong Despite Predictions of Airport Critics" (Aug. 16, 1999). The Orange County Business Journal reports that property values near the former El Toro Marines Base -- and potential home of a commercial airport by 2005 -- have stayed strong despite the predictions of airport critics. The demand for the sometimes multi-million-dollar-homes is also an indication that people are willing to accept some airplane noise, or that the noise simply isn't all that intrusive." Critics of the airport claim that property values will only start to dip after people realize the extent of the noise impact from a 24-hour airport.
Islip; NY; US; Middle Atlantic, "Delta Arrives at New York Airport with Hush Kits for 737's" (Oct. 6, 1997). The Long Island Business News reports that on Oct 1 Delta Express (Atlanta) began service at MacArthur Airport in Islip, New York with 737's equipped with hush kits. Aircraft noise has been an issue for a long time at MacArthur. Although officials believe the facility will become a thriving regional airport, MacArthur's service to limited destinations still forces many travelers to utilize JFK or LaGuardia airports.
Israel, "International Pilots Association Opposes Israeli Bill That Would Prosecute Pilots Who Violate Noise Abatement Procedures" (Jun. 1, 1998). Aviation Week and Space Technology reports that the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations (IFALPA) is concerned about legislation proposed in the Israeli Knesset that calls for criminal prosecution of pilots who violate noise abatement procedures. The bill was sent back for review after concerns were raised by IFALPA and the Israeli Air Line Pilots Association.
Israel, Kfar Saba, "Two Noise Stories From Jerusalem, Israel: Woman Wins Lawsuit Over Noise at Retirement Community; Drag Club Forced to Move After Residents Complain" (Jul. 30, 1999). The Jerusalem Post reports on several issues in communities surrounding Jerusalem, including a political race, new burial options, and several issues relating to noise. A woman who entered a retirement home in 1990 has won a lawsuit against the home which has changed from a peaceful, quiet place due to a nearby long-term construction project that began in 1994. Also in this article was information about a drag club that is being forced to move. Residents' complaints of noise forced the club to close first at midnight, and most recently at 11 PM. Club owners feel they must move because they will not be able to bring in enough money with such short operating hours. Club owners believe that residents' real complaints center around the club's clientele, which includes homosexual and cross-dressing people. Officials deny the allegations, saying that the club has been operating without proper permits, and that a non-drag club in the same building faces the same restrictions
Israel, Ra'anana, "Jerusalem Experienced Increased Complaints About Loud Air Conditioners During This Hot Summer" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Jerusalem Post prints several news items centering on the Jerusalem region, including one one noise. This summer there was a 100% increase in complaints over loud air conditioners in Ra'anana, Israel. Offenders can be charged NIS 100 for officials that measure the noise. They are usually cooperative in relocating or quieting their air-conditioners.
Italy, Rome, "Italy Places Partial Ban on Nighttime Aircraft Flights" (Aug. 6, 1997). The Xinhua News Agency reports that the Italian Ministry of Environment issued a decree today that will partially ban aircraft takeoffs and landings at domestic airports at night, in an effort to curb noise pollution for residents near airports. The ban will go into effect next June 30.
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