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"FAA fines Chicago $33,000 for Meigs closing"



Wednesday, September 7, 2005

FAA fines city $33,000 for Meigs closing 
The Associated Press


The Federal Aviation Administration is fining the city of Chicago $33,000
for its late-night demolition of Meigs Field, an FAA spokesman said Tuesday.

The city has 15 days to request a hearing before an administrative law judge
or pay the fine, FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said.

The city unsuccessfully appealed the fine to the FAA, which first ordered in
October that the city should pay the fine.

Two years ago, Mayor Daley cited terrorism concerns when he quietly ordered
the demolition of the runway at Meigs. Crews began bulldozing it late the
night of March 30, 2003.

The airport has since been converted into a park and concert venue.

The demolition was done without FAA approval because the city was required
to give the agency 30 days notice before it shut down the airfield, Molinaro
said.

The $33,000 fine is $1,100 a day for every day the city failed to give
notice.

City Law Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyle said the city has not decided
if it will request the hearing or pay the fine.


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