JAN 25, 2021
Aldermen to take 2nd pass at $56M O’Hare Airport contract hobbled over lack of diverse hiring
Aldermen are poised on Monday to revisit a $56 million agreement to expand O’Hare Airport’s cargo capacity four months after the measure hit a wall amid backlash from aldermen who cried foul over the contractor’s poor record on hiring Black-owned firms.
The City Council Committee on Aviation is scheduled during a 2 p.m. meeting on Monday to take up a 35-year lease agreement (O2020-3997) with Aeroterm so it can build and operate the final phase of its Northeast Cargo Campus expansion on the airport grounds. City aviation officials have credited two earlier phases of the project, completed in 2016, with expanding the airport’s cargo freight capacity by 20 percent.
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