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Judge Rules in Chicago's Favor to Demolish Homes Near O'Hare

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A DuPage County judge has given Chicago the go-ahead to demolish more than 500 homes in Bensenville. The decision is a victory for Chicago as it plans to expand O’Hare International Airport.

The bulldozers have been waiting for more than a year. Judge Kenneth Popejoy had put a temporary hold on demolition. That’s because Bensenville officials argued the tear-downs could harm the environment. But the judge didn’t buy it. His decision today allows Chicago to demolish more than 500 homes in Bensenville. They stand in the way of the multi-billion dollar O’Hare expansion plan.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Chicago says it will take safety precautions before demolishing any of the homes. Bensenville officials say they’re planning to appeal the judge’s decision.

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