Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Government Relations Michael Reever addressed last week's Chicago Aviation Committee hearing to voice opposition to Chicago Alderman Anthony Napolitano’s proposed ordinance that would give the City Council greater oversight over the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA).
If passed, the ordinance would halt the aviation commissioner’s ability to manage airports and to ensure aviation-related decisions are the best for the city and region.
"The authority and ability to run and manage the airports should remain with the commissioner and CDA,” Reever said. “These decisions should be left to professionals and experts; politics should not enter the discussion.”
Reever said the proposed ordinance would threaten the future of O’Hare International Airport as well as Chicago’s reputation as a world-class city and key transportation hub in the Midwest.
“This proposed ordinance risks disrupting the city’s most robust economic development tool that provides jobs and opportunity for people and businesses in wards across the city,” Reever said. “It risks Chicago’s global reputation as a transportation hub, further harming our economic position regionally, nationally and globally. This proposal is a regulatory stranglehold that will destroy our top economic asset, taking growth and job creation down with it.”