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Anti-O'Hare Noise Group Wants to Teach You How to Get Public Information

By Heather Cherone | November 14, 2014 5:42am
 The Nov. 22 training session is designed to help residents fed-up with jet noise get some answers.
The Nov. 22 training session is designed to help residents fed-up with jet noise get some answers.
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EDGEBROOK — An anti-O’Hare noise group will hold a training session Nov. 22 in an effort to teach residents how to successfully request documents about jet noise from government agencies.

Don Walsh, a member of the Fair Allocation in Runways Coalition, will lead the workshop, which is designed to explain how to use the state's Freedom of Information Act to successfully request documents and data from the Chicago Department of Aviation and other government agencies.

Walsh, who is a member of the Indian Woods Neighborhood Association, will also discuss how to analyze and graph the data released by government agencies and craft "accurate, understandable and persuasive reports that quantify the effects of increased levels of jet noise."

Attendees should bring a laptop, any reports and data they wish to analyze or share as well as a portable computer drive, organizers said.

As part of the approximately $10 billion O'Hare Modernization Program, most most planes now take off toward the west, while arrivals approach from the east, sending hundreds more flights over Northwest Side homes that had little or no jet noise in previous years.

The last workshop held by the coalition, which was attracted a standing-room-only crowd, featured information on how homeowners can appeal their property taxes based on their belief that jet noise has lowered the value of their homes.

Registration for the 10 a.m.-noon workshop at the Edgebrook branch of the Chicago Public Library, 5331 W. Devon Ave., is required via email to Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

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