CHICAGO - Chicago took a major leap forward in advancing its groundbreaking plan to privatize Midway Airport, launching a search for potential bidders interested in a long-term lease to operate the airport in exchange for an upfront cash payment.

With a Midway deal in the works for at least three years, a preliminary agreement on the terms of a potential deal with a majority of airlines that operate at Midway paved the way for the city to move forward with the request for qualifications.

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