O'Hare North Tower, other Chicagoland Air Traffic Control Towers Reduced or Eliminated as part of the Federal "Sequester" Cuts
Traffic control operations at Chicago O'Hare International Airprot, as well as numerous Chicagoland area airports, are scheduled to be significantly reduced or eliminated. The cuts come as part of the across-the-board spending cuts known as the "sequestration". The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is eliminating FAA at lower-priority airports, and overnight staff at hub airports. The airports will be open to traffic, but pilots will operate without air traffic control personnel.