O'Hare Expansion Grounded?

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The U.S. House of Representatives couldn't pass a plan to expand O’Hare International Airport.

Rules governing the debate required a two-thirds majority for approval. The vote in favor was 247-143, with 45 members not voting.

Chicago Democrat William Lipinski introduced the bill to solidify an agreement between Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Illinois Gov. George Ryan to reconfigure runways, boosting the annual number of flights from 900,000 to $1.6 million. Illinois representative, Don Manzullo, says although the bill didn’t pass Monday night, it may still have a chance.

A similar bill to keep future governors from blocking expansion is pending in the Senate, where Illinois Republican Peter Fitzgerald has blocked it in the past. Some supporters said they were troubled by the House version because it did not make a third airport in south suburban Peotone a priority.