O'Hare Expansion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The U.S. House is set to vote again on a $6 billion plan to expand Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

The measure would ban future Illinois governors from blocking the expansion plan agreed to last December by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Gov. George Ryan. State law gives the governor power to block expansion.

Under the House's fast-track rules that limit debate and amendments, the legislation requires a two-thirds majority to advance to the Senate, rather than the simple majority typically required.

O'Hare supporters tried to use the special rules to their advantage on July 15 but were shocked when they came up short on a 247-143 House vote in favor of their bill.

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