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Chicago Closes Downtown Airport, Citing Security

City workers demolished the lone runway on Monday of a downtown Chicago airport popular among business people and politicians, with Chicago’s mayor saying it was done to safeguard nearby skyscrapers from airborne attacks. Citing a need to enhance homeland security, Mayor Richard Daley said he wanted to avoid “months and maybe years” of debate about closing Meigs Field. Daley has long coveted the city-owned airport as potential parkland — even closing it once before — but he agreed last year to keep it open until 2026. Crews arrived late on Sunday, tearing up the paved runway overnight with a giant backhoe. The airport, which occupies a man-made island in Lake Michigan, had 32,000 takeoffs and landings last year and critics said its loss would add to congestion at the city’s two major airports. Full Story

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