Phone app allows residents to easily file O'Hare noise complaints

Thousands of complaints continue to pour in about the noise from planes taking off and landing at O’Hare Airport.

- Thousands of complaints continue to pour in about the noise from planes taking off and landing at O’Hare Airport.

Residents are so fed up that one man created a phone app to make it easy for people to file complaints, and they are.

Now, Chicago’s new aviation commissioner, Ginger Evans, is taking action.

Evans met the mixed herd of goats, burros, sheep and llama that for a third straight summer are trimming O'Hare's grass and weeds for free. 

That's more popular with some of the airport's neighbors than Evans's decision that O'Hare's two diagonal runways must eventually be closed. She said safety dictates using only the new East-West runways, which are the ones that created new flight patterns in 2013. 

Jac Charlier and his fellow anti-noise activists are fighting back with a mobile app. 

Once the app loads, the user click-files a complaint with City Hall.

A record number of complainants were filed in May, but it’s clear hardcore activists are working overtime.

Just 12 addresses generated 171,000 complaints in May, which is an average of nearly 4,100 each. 

City Hall's noise reduction strategy includes offering to insulate thousands of home, having planes descend closer to the airport, and relying on airlines to deploy new quieter generation of jets.

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