WBEZ | O'Hare International Airport http://www.wbez.org/tags/ohare-international-airport Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois man in terrorism case negotiating possible deal http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-man-terrorism-case-negotiating-possible-deal-111358 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP72537487970.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An attorney for a suburban Chicago man accused of trying to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria says the defense has begun negotiations with prosecutors on a possible plea deal.</p><p>Abdella Ahmad Tounisi&#39;s attorney, Molly Armour, disclosed the development at a Thursday status hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago. She told the judge the sides are in &quot;preliminary plea negotiations.&quot;</p><p>The 20-year-old was arrested at O&#39;Hare International Airport in 2013 trying to board a plane for Turkey. Prosecutors say the then-teenager from Aurora hoped to join Nusra Front.</p><p>Tounisi pleaded not guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group. His maximum prison term would be several decades. Prosecutors typically recommend lower sentences if defendants agree to plead guilty.</p><p>Tounisi&#39;s next hearing is set for March 25.</p></p> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-man-terrorism-case-negotiating-possible-deal-111358 Leaked video appears to show Blue Line train derailment http://www.wbez.org/news/leaked-video-appears-show-blue-line-train-derailment-109917 <p><p>Footage appearing to show <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/blue-line-train-derails-climbs-escalator-ohare-109909">Monday&#39;s Blue Line derailment</a> at O&#39;Hare International Airport <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elMXt00xyIU">surfaced late Tuesday on YouTube</a>.</p><p>Though the original poster is unkown and the video was taken down, copies have sprung up around the video-sharing website. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, neither the <a href="http://voices.suntimes.com/news/breaking-news/surveillance-video-appears-to-show-blue-line-ohare-derailment/">CTA or the NTSB have commented on the video yet</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/leaked-video-appears-show-blue-line-train-derailment-109917 Police officer's gun allegedly stolen from O'Hare http://www.wbez.org/story/police-officers-gun-allegedly-stolen-ohare-95341 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-06/luggage O&#039;Hare_flickr_MV Janzen.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A baggage handler at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is accused of stealing a gun from a police officer's checked baggage.</p><p>Abdoulaye Barry of Chicago has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated concealment of a weapon, possession of ammunition without a valid firearms owner identification card and failure to possess such a card.</p><p>Chicago police say Barry was stopped Wednesday by officers who noticed him acting suspiciously as he walked along a street. Police say a gun was found in his pants pocket while he was being questioned, and a check of the gun's serial number determined an officer had reported it stolen.</p><p>Police say investigators believe Barry took the gun from luggage the officer checked for a flight he took earlier this week.</p></p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/police-officers-gun-allegedly-stolen-ohare-95341 O'Hare begins nonstop flights to Cuba http://www.wbez.org/story/ohare-begins-nonstop-flights-cuba-94362 <p><p>CHICAGO — Officials say O'Hare International Airport has started to offer nonstop charter service between Chicago and Havana, Cuba.</p><p>The Chicago Department of Aviation says C&amp;T Charters will fly once from O'Hare to Havana every Friday. O'Hare will have one weekly arrival from Cuba as well.</p><p>Earlier this year, U.S. government officials gave O'Hare and seven other airports permission for flights to Cuba as part of a larger effort to reach out to the island nation.</p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says in a statement that flights to Havana further the city's mission to become more competitive globally.</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ohare-begins-nonstop-flights-cuba-94362 United Airlines getting back to ‘normal’ following computer glitch http://www.wbez.org/story/united-airlines-getting-back-%E2%80%98normal%E2%80%99-following-computer-glitch-88040 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-20/116854948.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago-based United Airlines continues to recover from a massive computer failure this weekend. The system-wide computer outage lasted only five hours beginning Friday night into early Saturday morning. But that was enough to strand or delay thousands of United passengers.</p><p>United spokesman Charles Hobart said Sunday that nearly 40 flights were canceled with another hundred delayed. “The airline does not expect additional cancellations due to the computer outage and will continue to accommodate affected customers,” Hobart said in a written statement to WBEZ on Sunday.&nbsp; “The airline is returning to normal.”</p><p>A network connectivity issue is to blame for knocking out United’s ability to process passengers. The company provided few other details out the cause of the outage but ruled out computer hackers. United announced the outage on its Twitter page around 7:15 p.m. Friday. Shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, computers started to come on line, first announced at Denver International Airport.</p><p>At Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, hundreds of passengers were still waiting to depart on later flights.<br> United passenger Rama-krishman Nara of Ottawa, Canada was delayed more than three hours. He had to settle for a 7 a.m. Saturday flight back home. “Initially they didn’t tell us anything actually. They kept on saying something but never told us about the wait,” Nara told WBEZ. “It was a nightmare.”</p><p>Another passenger, Michael Christopher of Boston boarded his plane more than 12 hours after he was supposed to. Christopher said delays of any sort are becoming all too common in the airline industry. “I’ve flown enough on all the major carriers, this sort of stuff happens on all of them now. United happen to be the one today where it happened to me.”</p><p>United apologized to customers. Meanwhile, United wasn’t the only airline to experience some computer malfunction this weekend. US Airways reported a three-hour computer systems outage affecting its Charlotte, N.C. hub. The Tempe, Arizona-based airline said the outage also affected a reservations center and training facility.</p></p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 05:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/united-airlines-getting-back-%E2%80%98normal%E2%80%99-following-computer-glitch-88040 Computer glitch disrupts, delays United Airlines http://www.wbez.org/story/computer-glitch-disrupts-delays-united-airlines-88021 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-17/United Airlines jet_Flickr_iambents.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated 9:00am, 06/18/11</em></p><p>It could take several days for thousands of stranded travelers to get home after a United Airlines computer system shut down for several hours, leading to widespread cancelations Friday night.&nbsp;</p><p>The unspecified "network connectivity" problem was fixed and flights resumed early Saturday, but the airline said delays could persist throughout the weekend. Also, with flights nearly full, there was little room for passengers whose flights had been cancelled to rebook.</p><p>"There's literally nowhere to put them," airline analyst Robert Mann said. "There are already very few empty seats on the flights that operate."</p><p>United's planes were an average of 86.8 percent full in May.</p><p>To try to alleviate the congestion, the airline allowed passengers with tickets on Saturday flights to cancel or delay their travel to a later date without charge. Luckily, Saturday is one of the lighter travel days.</p><p><strong>Outage began Friday evening, left passengers in limbo</strong></p><p>The outage started about 7:15 p.m. CDT Friday and lasted for about five hours. Long lines of passengers formed at airports in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago. Some passengers ended up spending the night at airports or found hotel rooms in the cities where they were stranded.</p><p>United said its flight departures, airport processing and reservation system, including its website, were affected by the outage.</p><p>United didn't say how many passengers or flights were affected. But Los Angeles International Airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said the outage affected about 2,500 people at that airport alone.</p><p>Nina and Mark Whitford of Brockville, Ontario, ended up in Chicago while on a layover on their flight home from Minneapolis. They said they were headed to a hotel to spend the night and were dismayed when an airline worker told them they would have to mail in their hotel receipt to get reimbursed.</p><p>"We've been waiting here for about two hours for our baggage, and nothing's come," said Nina Whitford, 35.</p><p>She said several people were still at the airport around 1 a.m. CDT Saturday, and others on their flight had rented cars to complete their trip to Canada.</p><p>"Some people were sleeping and some people were getting very angry because no one was giving us any answers," she said.</p><p>Ron Schaffer, an Apple Inc. engineer, was trying to connect with a flight to Grand Junction, Colo., after flying into Denver from Orlando, Fla.</p><p>"A hundred yards of kiosks, and every one of them closed," he said, adding there were no flights listed on monitors. "Workers were trying to answer questions. They have no ability to do anything manually. They can't check baggage. You can't get baggage. You are really stuck."</p><p>Some Continental Airlines passengers also were affected by the outage.</p><p>United and Continental merged in May 2010. They still operate as separate airlines but are slowly integrating systems. United spokesman Charles Hobart said Saturday morning that Continental was able to dispatch flights normally, but some of its airport kiosks were affected. He would not comment on the total number of cancelations or passengers affected, saying the airline was still updating its information.</p><p><strong>Use of computerized systems has increased</strong></p><p>Airlines today place greater reliance on computers than a decade ago. Most passengers are now asked to check-in online, at airport kiosks or via their mobile phones. When the system crashes, the problems are just that much greater.</p><p>"They're infrequent, but the fact that they happen at all is puzzling. These are mission critical," Mann said. "The idea that they would fail is troubling."</p><p>While the airlines have sleek, modern check-in kiosks at the airports, the underlying reservation system behind them dates back to the 1980s, Mann said. Many airlines that went through bankruptcies in the past decade, including United, didn't invest in new systems.</p><p>When the system fails, flight plans and dispatch operations must all be done on paper.</p><p>"There are fewer and fewer people at airlines who are familiar with or able to operate with a manual system," Mann said.</p><p>At the San Francisco International Airport, hundreds of passengers stood shoulder-to-shoulder.</p><p>Still, some people took the delays in stride.</p><p>Steve Cole, 51, of Bloxwich, England, was at the San Francisco airport waiting for a flight to Las Vegas.</p><p>"These are the things you have to expect when you're on holiday." Cole said. "I'm missing a night of gambling," he added with a grin.</p><p>___</p><p>Associated Press writers Scott Mayerowitz in New York, John S. Marshall in San Francisco and Denise Petski in Los Angeles and photographers Rick Bower in Denver and Charles Rex Arbogast in Chicago contributed to this report.</p></p> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 03:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/computer-glitch-disrupts-delays-united-airlines-88021 So what would the Chicago-area casino map look like if Illinois Senate Bill 744 becomes law? http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-07/so-what-would-chicago-area-casino-map-look-if-illinois-senate-bill-74 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-06/Casino Slot Machines_Getty_Christopher Furlong.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-06/Blackjack Table_Getty_Joe Raedle.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 330px;" title="(Getty/Joe Raedle)"></p><p>As Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn considers whether to sign or veto a new bill that would expand gambling facilities in the state, we wanted to see what the Chicago-area casino gaming picture would look like if the bill became law.</p><p>If you've been following along, you know that Senate Bill 744 aims to allow the creation of:</p><p>1) A new Chicago casino.&nbsp; This is the big one and it includes a provision that allows for the creation of the Chicago Casino Development Authority, which would market and oversee a casino within the city limits of Chicago.</p><p>2) Four new riverboat casinos in northern and central Illinois, to be located variously in Danville, Park City, Rockford, and in a community in Cook County's southern suburbs.</p><p>3) Electronic gaming machines at Illinois horse racing facilities.</p><p>4) Electronic gaming machines at Chicago's passenger airports (O'Hare and Midway).</p><p>5) Electronic gaming machines at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL.</p><p>6) Expanded gaming positions at existing riverboat casinos, increasing the current limit of 1,200 positions to a maximum of 2,000.</p><p>So what's that add up to in the Chicago area?&nbsp;</p><p>If all goes according to plan, 21 gaming facilities would be within 90 minutes of downtown Chicago.&nbsp; That includes all existing casinos, new riverboats, the Chicago casino, the slot machines at racetracks and airports, as well as casinos in Milwaukee, Northwest Indiana and New Buffalo.</p><p>Here's a look at current, future and proposed gaming facilities within the greater-Chicago region.&nbsp;</p><p>Click on the map below to move around the region - and you can click on the individual markers to find out more about each facility.</p> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" width="600" height="490" id="umapper_embed"> <param name="FlashVars" value="kmlPath=http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/maps/kml/102886.kml"/> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="movie" value="http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/templates/swf/embed.swf"/> <param name="quality" value="high"/> <embed src="http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/templates/swf/embed.swf" FlashVars="kmlPath=http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/maps/kml/102886.kml" allowScriptAccess="always" allowFullScreen="true" quality="high" width="600" height="490" name="umapper_embed" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"/> </object></p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 08:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-07/so-what-would-chicago-area-casino-map-look-if-illinois-senate-bill-74 Laptop seizure at O'Hare, subject of ACLU lawsuit http://www.wbez.org/story/laptop-seizure-ohare-subject-aclu-lawsuit-86524 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//ohare_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security in relation to a laptop seizure at O'Hare International Airport.<br> <br> The lawsuit is on behalf of individual David House, who supports the release of US Army Private Bradley Manning. Manning's accused of leaking a graphic video to Wikileaks that shows US soldiers apparently killing Iraqis and civilians, including Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen.<br> &nbsp;<br> When House was re-entering the US from a vacation in Mexico this past November, he says customs officials, members of the Department for Homeland Security, and an FBI agent questioned him and seized all of his electronics. The Boston-based computer scientist says he did not receive his laptop back for 45 days.</p><p>House said, "The loss of the computer was the most devastating thing about it. I had just graduated from college, just in my first job in the workforce. And well if if the US government was trying to disrupt my activities, they definitely succeeded in doing so. It took me a long time to recover from that."</p><p>House says this seizure is just part of a broader government campaign of intimidation against people who support Bradley Manning. He alleges a similar electronics seizure event happened to another Manning supporter traveling between the US and Canada.<br> <br> The ACLU lawsuit on House's behalf contests his 1st and 4th amendment rights were violated. &nbsp;<br> <br> The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration declined to comment on the pending lawsuit.</p></p> Fri, 13 May 2011 21:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/laptop-seizure-ohare-subject-aclu-lawsuit-86524 Mayor Daley's final push for O'Hare expansion http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-18/mayor-daleys-final-push-ohare-expansion-85326 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-18/Daley OHare expansion.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>His days in office are winding down but Mayor Daley continues to push his plans for O’Hare International Airport. A recent trip to China reignited his ideas for a high speed train to take commuters from the airport to the city. Daley has been behind expansion since the early '90s – despite ongoing controversy.<br> <br> To find out more about the history of the project and what it means for the mayor’s legacy, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to <a href="http://las.depaul.edu/sps/about/ourfacultystaff/FullTimeFaculty/schwieterman.asp" target="_blank">Joseph Schwieterman</a>, a professor of public service management at DePaul University and an authority on the economics of urban transportation.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Echocentrics, "Crescent Sun", from the CD Sunshadows, (Ubiquity) </em></p></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-18/mayor-daleys-final-push-ohare-expansion-85326 Daley wants foreign investors for express train linking O'Hare and downtown http://www.wbez.org/story/express-train/daley-wants-foreign-investors-express-train-linking-ohare-and-downtown-83873 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-17/IMG_0166.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says a project to build a high-speed train from O'Hare International Airport to downtown is moving forward. Daley is looking for foreign investors to help construct the high-speed rail link between downtown and O'Hare. He has said he doesn't want government money to be spent on the project. Thursday, Daley said he's heading to China for 13 days, where he'll be on the lookout for foreign investors.</p><p>&quot;We should not be worried about foreign investments. They are not buying our country,&quot;&nbsp;Daley said. &quot;They are investing in our country. They're investing in business. They're investing in our workforce. They are not buying our country.&quot;</p><p>Daley said he believes other countries are willing to invest in the project. He wouldn't give a timeline for the high speed train, but the head of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce says he'd look for the train to be completed after 2016.</p><p>Daley has been pushing the idea of express trains to Chicago's two airports for years. An earlier plan fell through because of a lack of funding.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 19:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/express-train/daley-wants-foreign-investors-express-train-linking-ohare-and-downtown-83873